Saturday, December 22, 2007

sugar cookies

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

2 Sticks (1 cup) butter

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon almond flavoring

2 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

In large bowl, cream together thoroughly the powdered sugar, butter, egg, vanilla and almond extract. In a smaller bowl, combine the flour, soda, and cream of tartar. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and mix thoroughly. Form into 2 large patties, wrap in wax paper, and refrigerate for 3 hours.

Preheat oven to 325. Roll out the dough on a floured cloth to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut using cookie cutters of your choice. Bake 7 to 10 minutes. When cool, frost with butter frosting if desired.

Butter frosting:

4 cups powdered sugar

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

Milk, as needed to make a spreading consistency

Food coloring, as desired.

Beat together the sugar butter and vanilla, adding enough milk to make a spreadable consistency. Add food coloring as desired.