Cream together powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, almond extract, and egg in a large bowl. It helps to cut butter into small pieces.
Cream until you get a smooth consistency.
Mix together the flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Slowly add this dry mixture to the creamed mixture.
Form the dough into a ball and refrigerate for at least two hours before rolling out and cutting into shapes.
When you are ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roll and cut cookie shapes. Bake cookies for 7 to 8 minutes. Let cool completely before icing.