- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp. almond extract
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. cream of tartar*
Cream butter and powdered sugar together in a large bowl. Stir in egg, vanilla and almond extract til well combined. Stir in flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Divide dough in half and form them into discs. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roll out dough onto a lightly floured surface and cut out shapes using your favorite cookie cutters. Sprinkle with colored sugar, sprinkles, or chocolate candies. Put cookies back into the fridge** for a few minutes until they harden up a bit (about 5 minutes). Bake until edges turn a light golden brown, about 8-12 minutes depending on the size of your cookies.
**Makes about 4 dozen**
NOTE: *I don't have cream of tartar in my pantry. I have never needed it before this recipe, so what's the point? If you don't have it either, don't go out and buy any just for these cookies. Substitute the baking soda and cream of tartar for baking powder. So this recipe called for 1 tsp. each baking soda and cream of tartar. I added 2 tsp. of baking powder instead and it worked out just fine.
** You don't have to put your cookies back in the fridge, but if you do, they'll keep their shape better and they don't spread out as much. But then again, if you like pudgy gingerbread boys and girls, skip this step.
Don't overbake your cookies. Santa and his reindeer don't like burnt cookies. And don't forget the milk :-)