The girls and I have spent the last two days baking. We had a great time making some of our old favorites as well as trying some new recipes we found on a couple of our favorite food blogs.
Now on to the yummy stuff! Let's meet the pastry chefs!
ALMOND CUT OUT SUGAR COOKIES with ROYAL ICING
Preheat oven 350 degrees.
3 c. all-purpose flour (unbleached)
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 c. sugar
1 c. butter (2 sticks)
2 large or extra large egg
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. pure almond extract
In a bowl, combine flour, salt and baking powder, set aside. In a separate bowl, cream the sugar and butter. Add the egg and extracts and mix. Gradually add the flour mixture and beat just until completely combined.
3 Tbsp Meringue Powder
4 cups powdered sugar
6 Tbsp water
Beat all ingredients until icing forms peaks (7-10 minutes at low speed with a heavy-duty mixer, 10-12 minutes at high speed with a hand-held mixer). Makes 3 cups.
Pipe around the edges of each cookie.
And when you're done, this is what you get!