This recipe is by far my mom's most well-known dessert. It's a staple for holidays that my friends are always begging me to share the recipe of. Whether you go all out and make several colors of frosting to neatly decorate your cookies, or swipe your frosting on with a knife, you'll still be impressed by the delicious taste! Adding almond flavoring to the cookie dough and frosting truly does make this recipe. However, if you have nut allergies in your family, it is still great without!
1 cup butter, soft
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp almond flavoring
1/2 tsp vanilla flavoring
2 tsp baking powder
3 1/2 cups flour
Cream together butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and almond flavoring. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture and mix well. Chill dough several hours.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Roll out portions of the dough on lightly floured surface, to approximately 1/4” thickness. Cut dough with your favorite cookie cutters. Place on cookie sheet and bake for 8-9 minutes.
4 cups powdered sugar
1 cup Crisco (regular and/or butter flavor)
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla (or sub half for almond flavoring)
4-6 tBsp milk (depending on consistency preference)
Mix all ingredients together, slowly incorporating milk until well blended. Then beat for one full minute on high.
Our family gets together to make several batches of this with just one mess. We like to divide the frosting up into bowls, and make different colors, then pipe onto the cookies with decorating bags! Here's links for items similar to what we use for decorating: