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A Valentine's Day Treat: Frosted Sugar Cookies

Frosted Sugar Cookies

I'm going to be honest, Valentine's Day is totally not my thing. But cookies are, especially my mom's frosted sugar cookies. I don't even want to know the number of cookies my mom has made and frosted in her lifetime, but it's A LOT and they have been in all sorts of shapes. They also mail well, my mom has thoroughly tested that out. We're actually only moving to Seattle so we're a part of the holiday goody package mailing circuit.  

I'm warning you now, these guys are addicting. The recipe is below and comes from my mom's old Betty Crocker cookbook.

For the Cookies

1 cup butter or margerine, softened
1-1/2  cups confectioner sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
2-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tarter

Combine butter, confectioners sugar, egg, vanilla and almond extract and mix together well. Cover and chill for 3 hours.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Divide dough in half and roll each to 3/16 inch thick (thicker for softer cookies). Cut into desired shapes and bake for about 7 minutes (keeping a close eye) or until slightly browned on the edge. 

For Vanilla Butter Frosting

1/3 cup soft butter or margerine
3 cups confectioners sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
about 2 tablespoons milk
Food coloring 

Blend together butter and sugar. Mix in milk, beat until frosting is smooth. Mix in food coloring. 



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