When I was a little girl one of the things I looked most forward to at this time of year was the annual Christmas baking session. Over Thanksgiving break the ladies in the family would gather to bake, make, and create all of the sweet delicacies we would consume over the holiday season.
There were no baking shortcuts in my family. I didn't know that refrigerated
My all time favorite treat to make and eat were cutout cookies. They were called Ella's Cutout Cookies according to the recipe card that everyone in my family possesses. I don't know who Ella was, but she obviously had some baking chops because these babies are scrumptious.
Ella's Cutout Cookies
(I always double this recipe)
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
1.5 teaspoon almond extract (The key to the awesomeness of these cookies, in my opinion)
2.5 cups flour
Mix softened butter with egg. Add rest of ingredients and blend. Chill dough for one hour. Roll out with rolling pin, cut out shapes with cookie cutters. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Let cookies cool. Frost and decorate.
These were my favorite because they tasted like heaven and they were so fun to decorate. When I had kids of my own we continued the tradition. In my lifetime I've baked, frosted, and decorated more of these cookies than I can count. I can't wait to do it again.