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Spring Sugar Cookies Recipe! 

By CAROLINE IRVING

It’s that time of year again when the flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and national exams are right around the corner, but I digress. Spring is a time for enjoying all the wonderfully sweet things in life: time outdoors, time with friends who might be moving onto the next chapter of their lives, and yes, even the literally sweet things. Here’s a quick how-to guide to the sweetest and easiest springtime sugar cookies that can be whipped together in a flash amidst the end-of-year chaos.

Cookie Ingredients
3 cups unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
3 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
9 cups flour
4 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 ½ teaspoon salt

Frosting Ingredients 
4 cups of powdered sugar 
3 tablespoons meringue powder
6 tablespoons warm water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract+ Food coloring of your choice!
Directions 
Before combining the ingredients, preheat the oven to 350°F and prepare baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper.

In the bowl of a stand mixer (or by hand in a relatively large bowl), combine the butter and cream cheese with the sugar. Once your mixture is light and fluffy, beat in the eggs, vanilla extracts, and almond extract.

Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt in with the existing ingredients in the bowl of the mixer, forming a soft dough with no leftover residue. 

Roll out your dough on a cutting board and cut out your various shapes using a cookie-cutter. 

Place the cookies in the oven and bake them for 8 to 12 minutes. 

Make sure that they are thoroughly cooled before beginning to decorate because the icing will melt if the cookie is still hot. 

Once they are cool, combine the chosen food coloring dyes with the frosting in the squeeze-bottles. Outline the shape of the cookie first, allowing that to set before filling in the lines. Be sure to coordinate where you want which colors first. Laying out an outline first will keep the frosting in the middle from spilling over the edges or running into differently colored parts of the cookie. 
Now that the outline has set, fill in the rest of the exposed cookie with the color of your choice and feel free to add any additional decorations: chocolate chips, sprinkles, marshmallows, etc. 
And last, but certainly not least, enjoy the finished product! ​​

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