A few weeks ago my mom bought me some really fun fall cookies cutters (includes different types of leaves, apple, pumpkin, acorn, squirrel). I used them to make and decorate sugar cookies this past weekend as part of a birthday gift for someone. I actually used this sugar cookie recipe for the first time last Christmas (before I was blogging). These were the best sugar cookies I’ve ever had so it was an easy choice to make them again when I wanted to make sugar cookies. I think the thing I love most about these cookies is the hint of almond flavor in every bite. It’s just enough to differentiate these cookies from your typical sugar cookies but not so much that it’s overwhelming.

Sugar Cookies
from Annie’s Eats

1 cup butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 ½ teaspoons almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
2 ½ cups sifted flour

Cream butter. Add powdered sugar. Blend in egg, almond extract, vanilla, salt and flour. Chill dough until firm. Roll to ¼” thickness on well-floured surface. Cut with floured cookie cutters. Place on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375 F for 8-10 min. Cookies should not brown. Frost and decorate when cool.

Yields ~40 cookies.