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Soft Sugar Cookies

 Soft Sugar Cookies
"These soft cookies are always a hit, so I often stir up a big batch," writes Coleen Walter of Bancroft, Michigan. "I usually add food coloring to the frosting to coordinate with the current holiday."
36 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons hot water
  • Food coloring, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat
  • in the eggs, vanilla and almond extract. Combine the flour, cream of
  • tartar, baking soda, salt and nutmeg; gradually add to creamed
  • mixture and mix well.
  • Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking
  • sheets. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until light brown.
  • Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • For frosting, in a large bowl, combine the butter, confectioners'

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Soft Sugar Cookies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • sugar, almond extract and enough water to achieve desired
  • consistency. Tint with food coloring if desired. Frost cookies.
  • Yield: about 6 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 2 cookies equals 142 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 29 mg cholesterol, 102 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.