Christmas Cookie Cutouts


1 cup real butter, softened
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 cups all purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon almond extract, optional (reduce vanilla to 1 teaspoon if used)
Assorted holiday cookie cutters


Mix butter and sugar together until very light and creamy. Add egg and extract(s); mix well. Slowly add flour and baking soda. Divide dough into equal parts; wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roll out dough on waxed paper to about a 1/4 to 1/3 inch in thickness; cut into desired shapes. Bake on greased cookie sheets for 7 minutes, or until edges turn slightly golden. Cool and decorate.

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