Recipes and Cooking Almond Sugar Cookies By BHG Test Kitchen BHG Test Kitchen The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen has been in continuous operation for nearly 100 years, developing and testing practical, reliable recipes that readers can enjoy at home. The Test Kitchen team includes culinary specialists, food stylists, registered and licensed nutritionists, and other experts with Bachelor of Science degrees in food science, food and nutrition, or culinary arts. Together, the team tests more than 2,500 recipes, produces more than 2,500 food images, and creates more than 1,000 food videos each year in the state-of-the-art test kitchen. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Updated on May 25, 2021 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Adam Albright Prep Time: 1 hrs Chill Time: 2 hrs Bake Time: 7 mins Total Time: 1 hrs Yield: 100 3-inch cookies Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients 1 cup butter, softened 1 ½ cup sugar ½ teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt 2 eggs ¼ cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla ½ teaspoon almond extract ½ cup ground blanched almonds 3 cup all-purpose flour Green or multicolor nonpareils or decorating sugars Almond Cream Cheese Frosting 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened ½ cup butter, softened ½ teaspoon almond extract 5 cup powdered sugar Green liquid food coloring (optional) Directions In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking powder, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in eggs, milk, vanilla, and almond extract until combined. Beat in the ground almonds and as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill dough about 2 hours or until easy to handle. Preheat oven to 350°F. On a lightly floured surface, roll half the dough at a time to 1/8-inch thickness. Using assorted tree-shape cookie cutters, cut out dough. Place cutouts 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until edges are light brown. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool. Spread Almond Cream Cheese Frosting on cooled cookies. Decorate as desired with nonpareils or decorating sugars. Almond Cream Cheese Frosting In a medium mixing bowl beat cream cheese, butter, almond extract with an electric mixer on medium to high speed until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in 2 cups powdered sugar until smooth. Gradually beat in 3 to 4 cups additional powdered sugar to make a frosting of spreading consistency. If desired, tint frosting light green with a few drops of green liquid food coloring. Makes about 3 1/4 cups. To Store: Layer cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 86 Calories 4g Fat 12g Carbs 1g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Calories 86 % Daily Value * Total Fat 4g 5% Saturated Fat 2g 10% Cholesterol 14mg 5% Sodium 41mg 2% Total Carbohydrate 12g 4% Total Sugars 9g Protein 1g Calcium 10.1mg 1% Iron 0.2mg 1% Potassium 13mg 0% Folate, total 8.1mcg *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.