1 cup softened butter
4-5 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 1/2 tesp vanilla
1 1/2 tesp almond (opt)
Milk (no more than 1 Tbs but add in very small amounts to desired smoothness - a little goes a long way.)

Color frosting with Duff gel color. (availble at Michael's)

Beat the butter until light and fluffy (the butter needs to be softened but not overly soft). Add some powered sugar, vanilla, and almond extract. Add more powered sugar and small amounts of milk until reaching the desired consistency. Add color to small amounts of icing and decorate cookies. (Recipe can be cut in half)