In large bowl, sift together 3 cups flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda and 1 cup sugar.
Cut in 1 cup butter til mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Use real butter, not margarine. *blech*
Blend in 2 eggs, 4 tablespoons milk and 2 tsp vanilla.
I do the above by hand. I don't have a KitchenAid mixer. If you do, I hate you.
Chill dough. This step is important, or you will have sticky dough. So, do like Oz Girl tells ya, and chill the dough.
Roll on floured counter, and cut shapes. Get creative. Hobby Lobby has a kazillion different cookie cutter shapes. Be careful not to roll your dough too thin or you will have crispy cookies. *blech*
Bake at 400 for 6-8 mins. I use airbake cookie sheets, and they turn out perfect every time!
Perfect Buttercream Frosting
Slightly beat 1 egg white. Add 1 tsp vanilla, dash salt, and 1/2 stick melted butter. Add 1 box powdered sugar, then add up to 3 tablespoons milk til right consistency. You can separate into bowls, and add different food colorings for variety. If frosting gets dry before you are finished frosting cookies, add just a tad of milk.
I usually decorate each cookie immediately after frosting with colored sugars and other decorations. The quicker you decorate the better - the frosting will set up within 30 minutes!
If you're really
Whether I make them myself, or have Cheryl and Co. in-house, when I wake up in the middle of the night, it is an absolute trip to the kitchen for a cookie and milk!