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Decorated Almond Sugar Cookies

A delicious and pretty cookie by Ruthann “Ruthie” Dexter of Ruthann’s Gourmet Bakery in Bellaire. Perfect for your holiday cookie plate.

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About 5 dozen, 2-inch cookies

For the cookie dough:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup shortening (Crisco)
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 3½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Sprinkles

For the icing:

  • ¼ cup meringue powder (available at most craft stores)
  • ½ cup water
  • 4 cups of powdered sugar


For the cookies

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Combine first six ingredients. Stir in flour and baking powder. Roll out between sheets of wax paper sprinkled with flour. Refrigerate for at least an hour. Remove top sheet of wax paper and cut out cookies with cookie cutters of your choice. You may re-roll out scraps of dough, but handle it as little as possible.

Place cut out-dough on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Bake about 10 minutes—removing before the edges turn brown. Cool the cookies on the tray.

For the icing

Combine first two ingredients and beat on high with an electric beater until stiff peaks form. Beating on low, slowly ad the powdered sugar. This mixture will be fairly thick. Divide into two bowls. Leave one bowl as is—this thicker icing will be for outlining your cookie. Add enough water to the second bowl to make the icing run off a spatula in a steady stream. Add desired food coloring.

Fill a pastry bag with the thicker icing and with a #2 pastry tip; outline the cookies. Fill a squeeze tube (the plastic type used for mustard, etc.) with the thinner icing and squeeze it over your cookies to fill in the icing. Decorate with sprinkles. Let the cookies set overnight before serving.