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Every good holiday cookie platter needs a sugar cookie. I love this one because it's so tender and delicious and coated with a layer of coarse sparkling sugar, which gives it a little crunch on the outside. But it's the subtle almond flavor that really makes these stand out.
These are soft sugar cookies – very light and tender – almost like sparkling pillows.
Pillows. Yep, I could definitely take a nap with a few of these.
Check out the 12 Days of Cookies:
Day 10: Sparkling Almond Sugar Cookies
Sparkling Almond Sugar Cookies
1 1/2 C white sugar
2/3 C butter (cold)
2/3 C shortening (room temp)
2 tsp almond extract
2 3/4 C cake flour
1 C all purpose flour
1 Tbsp cornstarch
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
Coarse sugar (I use Sugar in the Raw)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare baking sheet.
Cream sugar, butter and shortening. Stir in eggs and almond extract. Combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt and add to butter/egg mixture. Use electric mixer to ensure dough is thoroughly combined.
Chill dough in fridge for 30 minutes.
Roll 2 tsp of dough (I used a small cookie scoop) into a ball and roll in raw sugar. Place on prepared pan. Return remaining dough to fridge in between baking each batch.
Bake cookies for 7 minutes. (DO NOT overbake or wait for these to turn golden. They should be pale white, but set in the middle.) Allow to cool on pan for 1 minute.
Remove to cooling rack. Allow to cool completely.
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