My mother-in-law uses this recipe every holiday season to bake cookies with the kids. I'm not much of a sugar cookie person, but these taste wonderful and hold up to shaping very well. They don't get dry and hard like so many other recipes. When cookies are cool you can ice and decorate. Store in a tightly sealed container with waxed paper between layers at room temperature for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 3 months.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
40 mins
additional:
2 hrs
total:
3 hrs 10 mins
Servings:
60
Yield:
60 cookies
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Ingredients

60
Original recipe yields 60 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Beat egg yolks and almond paste together in a bowl using a mixer on medium speed until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Add butter, sugar, and salt to almond paste mixture and beat until creamy, about 3 minutes; reduce speed to low and gradually beat in flour just until blended.

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  • Divide dough into 4 pieces and flatten each into a disk on a lightly floured surface. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours.

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • Place 1 dough piece on a lightly floured surface and roll into 1/4-inch thickness using a floured rolling pin. Cut dough into shapes using floured cookie cutters. Arrange cookies 1-inch apart on a large baking sheet. Form any remaining scraps into a disk and refrigerate.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool. Repeat with remaining dough.

Nutrition Facts

117 calories; protein 1.2g 2% DV; carbohydrates 12.7g 4% DV; fat 7g 11% DV; cholesterol 29.9mg 10% DV; sodium 21.1mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (5)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2017
This is my all-time favorite cut-out sugar cookie recipe. I have used it many times. It is more of a short bread (no leavening agent) so dough must be thoroughly chilled in order to not spread too much. The almond flavor can t be beat! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/15/2016
Good flavor poor texture. Read More
5 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2014
I like the flavor of these cookies more than other sugar cookie recipes I've tried. The dough right out of the refrigerator was hard to work with but it softened up pretty quick. I put the dough back into the refrigerator for awhile to firm it up again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2017
This is my all-time favorite cut-out sugar cookie recipe. I have used it many times. It is more of a short bread (no leavening agent) so dough must be thoroughly chilled in order to not spread too much. The almond flavor can t be beat! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/15/2016
Good flavor poor texture. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/27/2016
I will make these again next year for sure!:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2018
Flavor was great held. Kids loved the taste and the shapes held well. I used self rising flour and cooked my cookies for 8 minutes. Read More