OK, these are my new favorite sugar cookies! Absolutely love that the dough doesn't need to be chilled for hours and that there is only one tiny revision for altitude baking! Thank you Bake @ 350!
Vanilla-Almond Sugar Cookies
3 c unbleached, all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 c sugar (I use sugar that I've stored vanilla beans in)
2 sticks (salted) butter, cold
3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp pure almond extract
Preheat oven to 350. (Only high altitude change is to cut baking soda to 1 3/4 tsp.)
Combine the flour and baking powder, set aside. Cream the sugar and butter. Add the egg and extracts and mix. Gradually add the flour mixture and beat just until combined, scraping down the bowl, especially the bottom.
The dough will be crumbly, so knead it together with your hands as you scoop it out of the bowl for rolling.
Roll onto a floured surface and cut into shapes. Place on parchment lined baking sheets (I recommend freezing the cut out shape on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before baking) and bake for 10-12 minutes. Let sit a few minutes on the sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack.