My mom used to make big batches of these sugar cookies before Christmas when my kids were small. She loved to have her grandchildren over to decorate them together. I can’t wait until SweetPea is another year or two older to do things like this with! The plate the cookies are sitting on is one from my Mom’s china set.
3/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix thoroughly and add:
2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Now roll out the dough fairly thin, using extra flour to keep it from sticking as needed. Use your fun cookie shapes for these: stars, angels, snowflakes, whatever you have.
Bake at 300 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Keep a close eye on the first batch to make sure of your oven. You want the bottoms lightly browned, but not the visible edges. Allow the cookies to cool, then ice and decorate.
Easy Butter Icing
1 1/2 cups icing sugar (powdered sugar)
3 tablespoons butter
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
Then add about:
1 tablespoon milk (or as much as it needs for spreading consistency)
If you want to make colored icing, add a couple of drops of food-grade colorant.
Decorate as soon as the icing goes on. Coconut, colored sprinkles, chopped nuts, chocolate sprinkles, silver balls, or whatever you can find that makes you and your kids happy!
Because this is a recipe and experience best shared with the little people in your life. Enjoy!