Moms always seem to have the best recipes. My mom has always made these around Christmas and she’s had the recipe for years. It’s simple but delicious. I recently had a potluck lunch at work so I decided to make them.
1/2 cup butter (softened)
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl. Blend in egg and vanilla and mix well. In a separate bowl combine 2 cups of flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well and add to butter mixture little by little until well mixed. Add the additional 1/4 flour if the dough is too sticky. Once mixed, chill dough for 1-2 hours.
Once the dough has chilled, take about 1/4 of the dough and roll it out until it’s roughly 1/4 of an inch thick. You’ll need to rub your rolling pin with flour and sprinkle some on the counter so the dough doesn’t stick. Now use your favorite cookie cutters and cut out as many shapes as possible. I used a bunch from my cookie cutter stash.
Place cookies one inch apart on a non-greased cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees F for 8-10 minutes.
La-la-la let’s make icing….
4 tablespoons cream cheese (softened)
2 tablespoons butter (softened)
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
DIRECTIONS for ICING
With a mixer on medium speed, blend cream cheese and butter. Pour in the milk and vanilla. Slowly add powdered sugar a little at a time until you reach a good icing consistency (a little on the thicker side).
Once the cookies have completely cooled, frost them and sprinkle with colored sugar.