Bake up a little love for your Valentines
 This recipe is very easy and the dough is actually better if you make it ahead and let it chill at least a day or freeze it for much later.  Check out the other ways I make these cookies....here.  XO  Martha

2 cups sifted flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla or lemon or almond extract (I prefer almond)
Sift together the four, baking powder and salt.  Cream together the shortening and sugar, then mix in the egg.  Add the dry ingredients alternately with the milk ad extract and blend well.  Chill dough overnight for best results.

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

Rool dough thin, press out desired shapes with cookie cutters. (Make sure your work surface is well floured.  THese cookies should be thin and you may want to use a spatial to transfer them to the cookie sheet.) Bake 7-10 minutes (check frequently especially if you have shapes with thin ends...the angle wings and reindeer legs tend to cook and brown quickly!) Cool on a wire rack.

Icing:
2 cups (I'm guessing?)
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
a little milk or water
food coloring if desired

Start with one cup of powdered sugar and add the almond extract and a tiny bit of milk.  Stir and add more liquid or more sugar until you reach the right consistency, not runn and not clumpy.  Add coloring and ice away!