To make soft sugar cookies, combine flour, sugar, eggs and flavorings, rest the dough for two hours, roll it out, cut out the cookies, and bake them for seven or eight minutes. This recipe yields five servings.
Put 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar into a mixing bowl, and add 1 cup softened butter. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon almond extract and 1 egg. Stir thoroughly, and then add 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 teaspoon cream of tartar. Cover the bowl, and then chill the dough in the refrigerator for two hours.
Grease a cookie sheet, and preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Take the dough out of the refrigerator. Sprinkle flour on your work surface, cut the dough ball in half, and place one-half on the work surface. Roll the dough out into a 1/4-inch thick sheet and cut it with a cookie cutter. Place the cookies on the baking sheet, and dust them with granulated sugar.
Bake the cookies for seven to eight minutes. The cookies are done when they are light golden brown. Take them out of the oven and cool them on a wire rack before serving.