Happy Birthday Cookies

With alphabet cookie cutters, you can spell out a greeting or a friend's name for a birthday surprise!

Yield: Makes 3 to 5 sets of cookies.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Icing
  • colored sprinkles

Preparation

  1. Beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add egg and almond extract; beat until smooth. Combine flour and salt in a separate bowl; add to butter mixture, stirring until a soft dough forms. Divide dough in half; wrap in plastic wrap and chill one hour.
  2. Roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Use alphabet cookie cutters to cut out "happy birthday" cookies; place on greased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes; cool on wire racks with wax paper underneath racks. Spoon Icing over letters and top with colored sprinkles.
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