2 cups sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large Eggs, lightly beaten
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
4 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 to 2/3 cup evaporated milk
Assorted food coloring and decorations of your choice
1In a large bowl, cream the sugar, butter, vanilla and salt. Add eggs and mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda; add to creamed mixture. Chill until firm, about 1 hour.
2On a floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut shapes with cookie cutters; place on greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 7-12 minutes (depending on size) or until light golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
3In a large bowl, combine the confectioners’ sugar, extract and enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Tint with food coloring. Decorate cookies as desired.
Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
Makes 6 dozen 2-1/2-inch cookies or 1-1/2 dozen 4-1/4-inch cookies
1 small cookie (calculated without decorations): 91 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 62mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.