2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
dash of salt
Betty Crocker food coloring gel
Leaf shape cookie cutters
In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder. Set aside
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg , vanilla, and almond extract. Gradually blend in dry ingredients.
Divide the dough into four bowls and add food coloring gel. I used green, orange, yellow and red.
After you have finished adding your food coloring, you can put each piece in a sandwich bag and place in the fridge for about 15 minutes so that dough firms up and makes it easy for rolling .
Tear the colored dough into several 1-inch pieces. Roll them loosely into balls, then create a checkerboard-style layout with the dough .Use your fingers to blend the balls together and roll the dough flat to mix the colors.
I use leaf cookie cutters to cut out the shape.
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for 10 – 12 minutes until golden brown around the edges.