It is a tradition in our family to make Halloween sugar cookies each year. It has become one of the many highlights of this time of year. This recipe is my mothers and it is by far my favorite. I have tried numerous sugar cookie recipes and always come back to this one. These cookies are stiff enough to frost but are still really soft to eat. Then we make a frosting glaze instead of normal frosting. This helps alls your goodies to stick when you are decorating. Plus, they are delicious!
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 1/2 cups sifted flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp soda
1/2 tsp salt
Cream butter and then add sugar gradually until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time. Stir in vanilla. In a separate bowl sift dry ingredients together and then add gradually to the creamed mixture. Chill in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.
On a well floured surface roll dough to 1/8 inch thick. Cut into shapes. Bake on and ungreased cookie sheet at 375 degrees for 6-8 minutes. Cool slightly on cookie sheet and the remove to a cooling rack.
In a saucepan melt 1 cube butter over medium heat. Remove from stove top and add a pinch of salt, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp almond extract, 3-5 TBS of canned milk and 1 pound of powdered sugar. Color frosting and have fun decorating!!
***As your glaze cools it will stiffen. If it gets too stiff to decorate heat over low heat. If you get it too hot it will ruin the icing***