2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable shortening
1 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons almond extract
6 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
colored sugars, jimmies, non-pareils or dragées (optional)
decorating icing (optional)
In a mixing bowl, beat together sugar and shortening until light and fluffy.
Stir in eggs,
sour cream and almond extract; beat well.
In another bowl, stir together flour
soda. Stir flour mixture into shortening mixture until well combined. If necessary,
enough extra flour so that the dough forms a ball.
Divide dough into 4 parts.
part in plastic wrap and chill about 2 hours.
Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
thickness between two sheets of waxed paper. Cut into desired shapes with cookie
Place on ungreased cookie sheet. If desired, decorate with colored sugars, jimmies,
Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges of cookies are golden.
to cool one minute
on cookie sheets and then remove to wire racks to cool completely. If cookies
decorated before baking, decorate with icing.