1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare two large baking sheets lined with parchment paper or a Silpat.
In your mixer, cream together butter and sugar and extract. Add flour and continue to mix until mixture forms a soft dough, it will be crumbly at first, but keep mixing until the dough forms a cohesive ball.
Roll dough into about a 12 inch log on a large piece of saran wrap or parchment. If you have course sugar on hand, roll the dough log in the sugar to create a crust on the raw dough. At this point you can toss in the fridge to bake later or with a sharp knife slice in 1/4 inch rounds. Place on prepared cookie sheets and bake for 16-18 minutes, or until cookies are pale golden brown.