When I was in high school my mom gave me a Betty Crocker cookbook. Probably a lot of you have or had one. It is a red binder with lots of recipes divided into sections.
One of my go-to recipes in that book was the sugar cookies. I have been making them for 40 + years and they have never let me down. With Christmas coming you know these are going to be one of the varieties I make.
CLASSIC SUGAR COOKIES
1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract (I sometimes use lemon or orange)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
Granulated or colored sugar
Mix powdered sugar, butter,
vanilla, almond extract and egg in large bowl. Stir in remaining
ingredients except granulated sugar. Cover and refrigerate at least 2
Heat oven to 375ºF. Lightly grease cookie sheet.
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. Sprinkle with granulated sugar.
Place on cookie sheet.
Bake 7 to 8 minutes or until edges are light brown. Remove from cookie sheet. Cool on wire rack.
Enjoy while you can. They won't last long.