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Decorated Sugar Cookies

Author/Submitted by: Betty Crocker's Cookbook
Servings: 60
Categories: Cookies / Desserts

1 1/2  cups  powdered sugar
1  cup  margarine or butter, softened
1  teaspoon  vanilla
1/2  teaspoon  almond extract
1    egg
2 1/2  cups  all-purpose flour*
1  teaspoon  baking soda
1  teaspoon  cream of tartar
    Creamy Vanilla Frosting
    tinted with food color, if desired
    Colored sugar, small candies,
    candied fruit or nuts
    *If using self-rising flour, omit
    baking soda and cream of tartar.

Mix powdered sugar, margarine, vanilla, almond extract and egg. Stir in remaining ingredients except granulated sugar. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease cookie sheet lightly. Divide dough in half. Roll each half 1/4-inch thick on lightly floured surface. Cut into desired shapes with 2 to 2-1/2-inch cookie cutters. Place on cookie sheet. Bake 7 to 8 minutes or until edges are light brown; cool. Frost or decorate cooled cookies with Creamy Vanilla Frosting tinted with food color if desired. Decorate with colored sugar, small candies, candied fruit or nuts if desired. ABOUT 5 DOZEN COOKIES; 80 COOKIES PER COOKIE.

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