Pardon the play on a Star Wars quote in the title… what can I say? I just love me some Star Wars. I generally keep this deep infatuation with the series a private love affair. Apparently though, others have figured out this fact about me because the other day my friend gave me a set of Star Wars cookie cutters! How could I not use them in my next baking adventure! This gift motivated me to find a recipe for sugar cookies that would keep their shape because the cookie cutters were extremely intricate and detailed. My mother always makes sugar cookies in the shape of Christmas trees for the holidays, but I wanted to find my own unique recipe for my endeavor!
After looking around Pinterest for a little while I finally stumbled upon a recipe that claimed to be able to do exactly what I needed. I liked this recipe a lot because it included almond extract which really bumped up the flavor of these cookies significantly. These cookies involve a lot of prep work. I’ve learned through my extensive sugar cookie research that chilling the dough for a few hours is essential in helping them keep their shape during the baking process. I also learned that when you don’t have a rolling pin, your roommates bottle of wine sitting on the counter is a perfectly acceptable substitution.
The cookies definitely retained their shape, and they were delicious! They didn’t dry out or taste too bland which were my initial concerns. The only changes I would make to the recipe in the future would be to add more sugar. However, I did not frost my cookies. I think if I had frosted them then they would have been more than sweet enough, but without frosting they were lacking in the sweet department.
Don’t believe me about these cookies? Well… I find your lack of faith disturbing…
…Sorry I had to!
-3/4 cup softened butter
-2 teaspoons vanilla extract
-1/4 teaspoon almond extract
-2 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1. Beat the butter until creamed and smooth
2. Add the sugar and beat until combined
3. Add the egg, vanilla, and almond extract and beat
4. Combine the flour and baking powder together in a medium bowl
5. Add the flour mixture to the dough until thoroughly combined
6. Chill the dough for at least one hour, more if possible – SO IMPORTANT
7. Once chilled, preheat oven to 350F degrees
8. Roll out the cookie dough and cut into your desired shapes
9. Bake in batches in the oven for 8/9 minutes
10. Ice the cookies if desired