Soft Sugar Cookies with Almond Icing

almond sugar cookies
Noah Fecks

This recipe, from blogger Lillie Auld of Butter Me Up Brooklyn, appeared in our 2012 Cookie Advent Calendar. Lillie says: "It wouldn't be the holidays without my Aunt Carole's sugar cookies. She cranks them out of her kitchen and brings them wherever she goes for the entire season. The dough is scented with lemon and the frosting is spiked with a touch of almond, for an unexpected combination."