1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cream of tartar
5 colors food coloring
*If using self-rising flour, omit baking soda and cream of tartar.
About 2 dozen cookies
Mix thoroughly butter, confectioners' sugar, egg, vanilla and almond extract. Blend in flour, soda and cream of tartar. Divide dough in half; color portions of one half with food colorings. Cover dough; chill 2 to 3 hours.
Heat oven to 375F. Roll plain half of dough 1/8" thick on lightly floured cloth-covered board. Cut with tree, star, ball or other decorative cookie cutters. Place on lightly greased baking sheet. Roll colored doughs; cut out different shapes to fit on top of each plain cookie shape.
If you wish to hang the cookies on your Christmas tree, insert small piece of paper drinking straw through top of each cookie before baking. Bake 7 to 8 minutes or until golden brown on edges.