Corn syrup mixed with a few drops red food coloring
Red and white sanding sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add vanilla and almond extract.
Sift flour and soda together and gradually add to creamed mixture.
Refrigerate dough at least 1⁄2 hour.
Roll dough to 1⁄4 inch thickness. Cut with Santa cookie cutter. Press into mold to imprint features. Press a raisin into each eye socket. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake 10 minutes.
Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and milk (1 tablespoon at a time) to create a stiff, but workable frosting. Place into a piping bag with a medium sized star tip.
To decorate: Paint Santa’s hat with corn syrup glaze. Dip in sanding sugar and tap off excess. Dot cheeks and lips with glaze.Pipe frosting on tip of hat. Pipe Santa’s eyebrows, mustache, and beard. Allow to sit, undisturbed overnight.