Ruthie’s Almond Sugar Cookies Recipe
With her buoyant personality, Ruthie Dexter is fun to be around any time—but folks really cozy up around the holidays when she brings out her homemade cookies. A baking phenom since her Easy-Bake Oven days, by the time Ruthie brought Easter cookies to her colleagues at Shanty Creek Resort several years ago, she’d become so good that her boss asked her why she wasn’t in business. That was what Ruthie needed to quit her day job and start Ruthann’s Gourmet Bakery in Bellaire.
Nowadays, fulfilling orders as larges as 1,000 cookies at a time (for weddings and corporate gigs) is an everyday deal. Ruthie shared two of her favorite recipes with us: Ruthie Almond Sugar Cookies (below), and the other here.
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup shortening (Crisco)
- 2 teaspoons almond extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 egg
- 3½ cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ cup meringue powder (available at most craft stores)
- ½ cup water
- 4 cups of powdered sugar