Deluxe Sugar Cookies 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 1 cup margarine or butter, softened 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla 1/2 tsp almond extract 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp cream of tartar Mix powdered sugar, margarine, egg, vanilla and almond extract. Stir in flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Divide dough into halves. Roll each half 3/16 inch thick on lightly floured cloth-covered board. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake until edges are light brown, 7 to 8 minutes. Frost and decorate as desired. About 5 dozen 2-inch cookies. Creamy Decorator's Frosting Beat 1 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla and about 1 Tablespoon water or 1 to 2 Tbsp half-and-half until smooth and spreading consistancy. Tint with food color if desired. Enough for 3 to 5 dozen cookies.
Contributed by Marli Leigh, Recepies from Betty Crocker's Christmas Cookbook, 1993.