1 cup butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla or almond extract
2 1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
Cream together the butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla or almond extract. Add the flour and salt. Roll the dough into a 2-inch diameter log, wrap in wax paper, and chill. Cut into 1/8-inch cookies and bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
The cookies can be iced. Mom typically makes light green and pink icing for these cookies. Cream together butter and powdered sugar, adding enough cream and vanilla or almond extract for a spreadable icing. (One must guess on the quantities here.)