Mom’s Sugar Cookies

1 cup Unsalted butter (softened)
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 Egg
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1/2 tsp Almond extract
2 1/2 cup Flour
1 tsp Baking soda
1 tsp Cream of tartar

8 oz Cream cheese, softened
2 c Confectioners’ sugar
1/4 ts Vanilla
Food coloring (as desired)

Cream together butter, sugar, egg, vanilla extract and almond extract in large mixing bowl and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in the flour, baking soda and cream of tartar until combined. Divide the dough in half. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours. Dough can be refrigerated for several days until you are ready to use. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Roll out one half of the dough on a lightly floured surface to about 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies at least 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets. Bake until lightly browned on edges for 7-8 minutes. Allow to cool on wire racks.

To make frosting, beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla extract in bowl until smooth. Beat in milk until of desired spreading consistency. Add food coloring to tint as desired. Decorate cookies with frosting. Let stand until frosting sets completely.

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