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Does anyone have a old fashion butter cookie recipe?

I lost the recipe for butter cookies that my sister gave me years ago.  All I remember is that they were rolled out and you used cookies cutters,

and sprinkle colored sugar on them 

She was the cook in the family.


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Here is one that I have used a few times.
I have to short of attention span to bake cookies, I tend to forget them and burn the poor little things.


    * 2 cups butter, softened (NO substitutions)
    * 2 eggs
    * 2 teaspoons almond extract
    * 5 cups flour
    * 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
    * 2 teaspoons baking soda
    * 2 teaspoons cream of tartar


      In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter, eggs and almond extract.
      In a seperate large bowl, combine flour, powdered sugar, baking soda and cream of tartar. Gradually beat in these dry ingredients to the wet mixture.
      Chill dough for at least 2 hours for better handling.
      Preheat oven to 375.
      On a lightly floured surface, roll out dopugh to about 1/8"-1/4" thickness. Cut into desired shapes w/ cookie cutters. Reroll scraps and cut again.
      Place on ungreased cookie sheets and bake at 375 for 6-10 minutes; (depending on size and thckness of your cookies) or until just lightly brown at edges.


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This is my husband's great-grandmother's recipe. It makes the best sugar cookie I have ever had in my life. They are thin and soft. Just the way I like them. :)

We glaze them then add sugar sprinkles or use food color paste and outline them like the design on the cookie cutter. For Christmas we do Santa cookies and pipe on the butter cream icing to make Santa's whiskers, and the trim on his hat. I wish I had pictures of the cookies DH's grandma made. They were works of art.

Grandma Gertie's Cookie Cutter Sugar Cookies
3 cups flour
1 1/2 cups baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1 cup butter
1 large eggs
3 tablespoons half and half or cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix sugar, melted butter, egg and vanilla.
Add dry ingredients
Leave out 1/2 cup of flour to roll out dough with
Chill dough in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours but prefer overnight.
Roll out very thin before cutting. Don't over work the dough or it will get tough.
Bake 350 until very light brown

Sugar Cookie Glaze

1 pound powdered sugar
2 tablespoons soft butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
Fresh orange juice

Mix ingredients with enough fresh orange juice to make it easy to spread.
If you plan to use colored icing be sure to use fresh oj - canned concentrate gives the icing a yellow color.

Butter Cream Icing
1 pound powdered sugar
1/4 pound butter
2 3/4 ounces evaporated milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch salt

Mix together and beat 5 minutes at medium speed
Add more evaporated milk if needed to make thinner
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