These cookies were named Rana's Sugar Cookies because my
niece Rana loves them a lot. I share her fondness for this
simple sugar cookie.
You can find a cookie cutter to suit almost any occasion and
for this batch the snowflake was the choice.
After the cookies are baked, I like to spread them on heavy brown
paper or several layers of newsprint paper to absorb any grease.
It also saves me from having to wash racks which is a good thing.
After they are slightly cooled, decorate with icing and sprinkles.
Tiny bite-size stars are fun to make ... at times a little is perfect.
I arranged the stars close together and drizzled the icing over them
in a random pattern. Making a star within the star using the
same round decorator tip looks very nice as well.
RANA'S SUGAR COOKIES
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 ½ cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
½ tsp. almond extract
In a mixing bowl, combine butter, sugar, egg and flavorings;
beat together thoroughly.
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cream of tartar
Blend dry ingredients and all to creamed mixture until well blended.
Cover and chill 2 to 3 hours.
Divide dough in half. Roll each half ¼ inch thick on lightly floured
surface or parchment paper. Cut into desired shapes and place on
lightly greased baking sheet.
Bake in preheated 375° oven for 7 to 8 minutes or until light
brown on the edges.
When cool spread with Quick White Icing.
Icing: Measure 2 cups powdered sugar into bowl. Moisten with milk
to spreading consistency, about 2 to 3 tablespoons.