The Perfect Sugar Cookie

The last few months I have been on the hunt for the perfect sugar cookie.  The perfect sugar cookie would be one that did not need to be rolled out or refrigerated, would have an almond flavor and a yummy almond frosting on top.

You see, I found the perfect sugar cookie at a small little deli in Kalama, Washington.  Kalama is about an hour north of Portland, too far away to visit on a regular basis to satisfy my sugar cookie cravings!  I love their almond sugar cookies – and I wanted to find a way to create them at home.

I tried numerous recipes – some close but not quite right.  I shared my quest with my blogger friend Melanie at My Kitchen Cafe.  Melanie sent me several almond sugar cookie recipes and  I tried them all and guess what?!  One of them was a winner! Another food blogger had shared it with Melanie and then she shared it with me and now I’m sharing it with you!   Thank you Melanie.

So today’s recipe is for what I think is the perfect sugar cookie!   They don’t need to be refrigerated or rolled out – they have a lovely almond flavor and a yummy almond frosting. They are slightly crisp around the edges and soft in the middle.  They are even better the second day!

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The Perfect Sugar Cookie


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • Glaze:
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 4-5 tsp. milk (I used whipping cream)


  • Mix butter, sugar and extract in a large bowl
  • Beat until cream, 1 to 2 minutes
  • Add remaining ingredients
  • Beat 1 to 2 more minutes
  • Roll dough into 1 inch balls
  • Place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet and flatten balls to 1/4 inch thickness with the bottom of a buttered glass dipped in sugar
  • Bake at 400 for 7-9 minutes or until edges are very lightly browned
  • Cool 1 minute
  • Move to a wire rack
  • Stir together glaze ingredients with a wire whisk
  • Decorate cooled cookies with glaze and sliced almonds (optional)


  1. 1
    Tina says:

    1 tsp sugar extract?

  2. 2
    Leigh Anne says:

    Tina »

    oops – good catch Tina – that’s 1 tsp. almond extract. I’ve changed it in the recpe – thanks!

  3. 3
    Valerie says:

    Wow, this sounds great. I have a wonderful oh so yummy, everyone expects them at all the holidays and occasions, recipe made with powdered sugar not granulated, but it does need to be refrigerated and rolled out(the part I hate the most).
    I’m going to try these today. Can’t wait!

  4. 4
    Org Junkie says:

    These sound really good!

  5. 5
    Melanie says:

    Hallelujah! I’m so glad they were awesome. Now I’m going to go make them…they sound like the perfect solution to my dilemma of what to make when I host book group at my house!

  6. 6
    Kirsty says:

    Oh I can’t wait to try these. My husband loves sugar cookies and I love almond and anything that does not have to be rolled out. Thanks for all the great recipes!

  7. 7
    Kara says:

    I just made these and they are absolutely wonderful! Thanks for the great recipe, I’m sure I will make it often!

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    Tamie says:

    I made these a few days ago and they are AWESOME!!! I love the almond flavor, it is such a nice twist on the traditional butter cookie. I found them just a teensy tiny bit too sweet with the frosting on them, so I think when I make them again I will maybe just drizzle the frosting on so it isn’t fully covered. Also, I was thinking these would be really wonderful with some slivered almonds on top and then the drizzled icing. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Thanks for the recipe…this is going in my keeper file for Christmas cookies!

  9. 9
    bridee says:

    Thanks for this fabulous recipe! These are to die for! I made a variation with mini chocolate chips on top (I put them on right after they came out of the oven)! So good!

  10. 10
    Sherry says:

    Silly question but this recipe doesn’t require an egg?

  11. 11
    Leigh Anne says:

    no egg!

  12. 12
    Tiffany says:

    My three year old and I just made these together…yum! I couldn’t believe how easy they were to make. Thanks for the great recipe.

  13. 13
    Jelli says:

    I made these yesterday and really enjoyed them. Friends said they were tasty too! My only problem was the in the humidity the glaze took forever to harden, and the sprinkles I added faded their colors into the glaze. Other than that, tasty for a thin cookie. (I am usually a thick and chewy cookie girl.) Thanks!

  14. 14
    Treva Miller says:

    I can’t wait to try this recipe, I love sugar cookies.

  15. 15
    Katie Mitchell says:

    Those sound so yummy! My favorite sugar cookies come from a little place in St. George, UT which is about 4.5-5 hours away. I obviously don’t get them that often!

  16. 16

    I tried these and enjoyed them. I’ll make them again. They are an easier alternative to my favorite roll out sugar cookie. You may want to try this roll-out recipe. I think they’re fantastic and people always ask me for the recipe.

  17. 17
    Melissa says:

    I am going to try these tonight for my girlsfriends. We are having soup club and we are having chicken noodle soup and grilled cheese. And I thought these cookies sounded great. I am going to do white icing with green sprinkles. I am getting ready for St. Patricks Day.

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    Mary says:

    Thank you so much for the recipe. They turned out great! I made them for a bridal shower and cut them into hearts and wedding dresses. The frosting was great too! Check our blog for pics.
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    Nancy says:

    I’ve been doing a similar sugar cookie search on my blog. If only I’d know about your blog back when you first posted it. I could have saved time (and pounds). Now I have to give this recipe a try.
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  20. 20
    Elizabeth Glass says:

    Leigh Anne,
    I made these today and they were WONDERFUL!!! Thank you so much for sharing! Elizabeth

  21. 21
    Nikki says:

    Hi I was wondering what the name of the deli in Kalama is? My mom is always on the hunt for the perfect sugar cookie and is heading from Portland to Seattle this week so she may have to stop in for one!

  22. 22
    jasmine says:

    should it be salted or unsalted butter?

  23. 23
    Yvonne Guzman says:

    Just made these for our mom/kids gingerbread decorating
    party. I swapped vanilla for almond extract. Thinned icing a bit
    & topped w/ holiday sprinkles. Easy, cute & delicious!


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