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Sugar Cookies

Cookie Ingredients

Icing Ingredients

1 cup unsalted butter, room temp. 1/4 cup unsalted butter,room temp.
1 1/2 cups sugar 1 pound confectioners' sugar, sifted
2 eggs 1 tablespoon vanilla
3 teaspoons vanilla milk
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

1. Prepare cookies: In a mixing bowl, cream the butter with an electric mixer. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla and beat until mixed.

2. Sift together the remaining ingredients; stir them into the creamed mixture and mix well. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight.

3. On a lightly floured surface or pastry cloth, roll dough out to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out cookies with cookie cutters. Place cookies on a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 8 minutes, or until cookies are just golden brown. Cool cookies on wire racks until ready to decorate.

4. Prepare icing: In a bowl, cream together butter, powdered sugar and vanilla. Add enough milk to allow icing to hold its shape but still move easily through a pastry bag. Test consistency. If icing is too dense, add more small amounts of milk. If too runny, add small amounts of powdered sugar.

5. Fill a pastry bag fitted with a #1 or #2 tip with the icing. Or spread it on the cookies with a icing spreader. Decorate cookies with lines, dots, sprinkles, etc.. Place on waxed paper until icing hardens. Store cookies in parchment-lined tins.

Last but not least ENJOY!