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Mary's Sugar Cookies

Makes about 60

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
granulated sugar

Mix together sugar and butter. Add egg, vanilla, and almond extract; mix well. Blend in flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Cover and chill for 2 to 3 hours. Heat oven to 375 F. 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 edges.

Note: Source: This recipe was donated by a reader in 1999. We were later told that this is an old Betty Crocker recipe, and we found it (in slightly altered form) in an out-of-print cookbook called "Betty Crocker's Cooky Book," printed in 1963. A similar recipe is also on Betty Crocker's website.

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  Janice McCloud in Washington  Dec 25, 2014
Would make this again.
I was given the Betty Crocker Cookie Book as a young bride in 1963. This was our favorite sugar cookie recipe and still is! I make a butter icing recipe to frost the cookies with. Everyone loves this cookie thank you for making me a blue ribbon cookie baker at both Valentines Day and Christmas with the amazing sugar cookies this recipe makes! 5 stars

  Susan in Schenectady,N Y  Dec 15, 2014
Would make this again.
I have been making them since the mid 70's. I frost them. I just use canned frosting. They are a favorite! 5 stars

  A cookie baker in Ca.  Dec 15, 2014
Would make this again.
Absolutely without a doubt the hands down best sugar cooky recipe ever !!!!!! Don't need to sprinkle the top with sugar if you are going to ice them with frosting. 5 stars

  A cookie baker in Dumont, NJ  Dec 7, 2014
Would make this again.
I've been making these cookies for 48 years. They are the most sought after of my Christmas cookies. My granddaughter who is four, recently asked me if we can make them again (she remembered them at 3). I wonder if I used 1 tsp. of almond that would give them a bit of a stronger taste of almond? Merry Christmas. 3 stars

  A cookie baker  Mar 2, 2014
Would make this again.
I am NOT a baker, but my mom was. These are exactly the cookies she made every Christmas, and I was glad to find the recipe. Very easy to make, and turned out great! Believe me, everyone...this is the first recipe that I have written a review about. Save this one! 5 stars

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