My mom makes these sugar cookies every single year for Christmas, and I have never found a recipe that beats it. Later I will post the frosting for the cookies as well. Seriously. Try them. It will be unlike anything you have ever tried before. They are from a very old Betty Crocker's Cookbook.
Deluxe Sugar Cookies
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
Mix thoroughly butter, confectioners' sugar, egg, vanilla and almond extract. Blend in flour soda and cream of tartar. Cover; chill 2 to 3 hours.
Heat over to 375 degrees. Divide dough in half. Roll each half 3/16 inch thick on lightly floured cloth covered board. Cut into desired shapes; sprinkle with granulated sugar. Place on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake 7 to 8 minutes or until light brown on edge.
5 dozen 2 to 2 1/2-inch cookies