My Favorite Sugar Cookies
  • 1 1/2 cups powered sugar
  • 1 cup butter (no substitutes), softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (not self-rising)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Desired food coloring
  1. Heat oven to 375. Mix powdered sugar, butter, egg, vanilla and almond extract. Mix in flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Add food coloring if desired.
  2. Place cookie dough into cookie press (this is my shortcut) and press cookies onto lightly greased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake until edges are light brown, 7-8 minutes.
  4. Dough may also be refrigerated for two hours, then rolled out and cut into shapes, and decorated as desired.
  5. Baking is the same.
This recipe originally came to me from a friend of my mother's who cut it out of a newspaper more than 50 years ago. Older versions of Betty Crocker's cookbook also had this recipe, but I don't think the newer versions have it. This is my shortcut for baking the best sugar cookies you ever tasted.