Valentine Cut Out Cookies

Sugar cookies are my absolute favorite cookie and Fredericksburg has several local bakers that are creating the most beautiful cookies, truly pieces of art. I'd love to learn this art & wow you all one day, but for now these are just really delicious sugar cookies, served freshly baked or topped with frosting & when my kids are assisting like they were last night - one million sprinkles. 

The recipe calls for almond extract but if that's not your thing, replace with Lemon or Orange flavoring. I often add fresh citrus zest to this batter for extra flavor. 

Valentine Cut Out Cookies

1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 c. butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 egg
2 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cream of tartar

Preheat oven to 375.
Mix powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, almond extract and egg together in a mixer until combined. Stir in flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Refrigerate dough for at least 3 hours. 
After the dough is completely chilled, generously flour the surface you will be rolling the dough out on, flouring the rolling pin or pastry roller as you go. It’s okay to work a bit more flour into this dough. Roll the dough thicker for softer cookies and thinner for crispier cookies.
Using cut-outs of your choice, create the cookies and bake on parchment paper on a high rack in your oven for 5 minutes. Let cool on the baking pan for a few minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.
After they are completely cool, it’s time to frost! 
(Canned frosting works perfectly)