The name of The Kitchn's blog post says it all. These cookies are delicious and better yet, they completely hold their shape after they're baked, so the gingerbread people you cut out don't end up looking like piles of mush after baking. The combo of lemon zest, almond and vanilla extracts is perfect - thought it would be too much, but it blends together really nicely. I made one change - I replaced about 1/2 the white flour with white whole wheat flour. Not necessary at all, but it made me feel like they were healthier and therefor I could eat more:)
I've recommended other sugar cookie/cutout recipes in the past, but this is IT! Throw away all of your other recipes and use this one. You won't be sorry.