Kids home for the holidays and they want to make something in the kitchen? Then, this is the cookie recipe for you. It is truly kid-proof. Follow the recipe precisely and you will have delicious, easy-to-make sugar cookies in a fraction of the time.
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Sprinkles or colored sugar, optional
Frosting for Sugar Cookies:
1/3 cup butter, softened
4 cups confectioners' sugar
2 Tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract, optional
Assorted tubes of food coloring
Note: You might need to add extra milk if frosting is too thick to work with. Add extra milk a little at a time until you reach the desired consistency. This frosting starts off softer on the cookies and then hardens up enough to stack them without being crunchy. You might place cookies in the refrigerator to speed up the hardening process of the frosting.
Note: After frosting each cookie try dipping your icing spatula in hot water; wipe off the spatula and then gently run it over the top of the frosting. This will give your cookie a shiny finish. Or you can gently pat it with a paper towel for a textured look.
Note: Sometimes I have melted the butter in the microwave to save time.
Note: You can also dip cooled cookies in melted milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips and place on waxed or parchment paper.