My mom gave me this great garden twine. She's given me larger spools (in a handy can) which I've used in and around the garden throughout the season. There was something about this colorful row of tiddlers I could not share with my tomatoes. Today, I made a great hand scrub and wrapped it up tight. Love. twine here.
With electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and almond extract and mix to combine. Add flour and salt and mix on low until combined.
Divide dough into quarters and roll each piece into a log approximately 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Wrap each log in parchment and refrigerate until firm. If freezing, wrap well in plastic and parchment.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line baking sheets with parchment. Let dough stand at room temperature until soft enough to slice, but firm enough that it won't lose it's round shape when cutting. Roll logs in sanding sugar until they are thoroughly coated and slice into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Place the rounds approximately 1 inch apart on baking sheets. Bake for 15-20 minutes until slightly golden on edges and bottoms. Remove and place on cooling racks.
We used Martha Stewart's Icebox Butter Cookie recipe and substituted almond extract for the vanilla extract. We like that you can make this dough ahead and keep it in the freezer for up to three weeks before baking it.
the purl beefeatures a holiday cookie every year, take a minute and check their archives for past deliciousness.