This is definitely not a healthy eating recipe, but a delicious holiday splurge!
1/2 lb softened butter (2 sticks) 1 tsp baking powder
1/2 lb powdered sugar 1/2 tsp baking soda
2 eggs 1/2 tsp salt
3 1/2 cups flour, + more for rolling 1 T milk
1 tsp vanilla
With a spoon, mix powdered sugar & eggs together. Doing this will coat the sugar & keep it from flying all over your kitchen. Add butter, and beat with an electric mixture until well incorporated. Add in everything else except the flour, then beat again. Add flour 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well well until it forms a dough. You'll have to abandon the mixer & use your spoon when adding the flour, it's too thick at this point. Refrigerate for about an hour or two, or even overnight if you prep the dough ahead of time.
When you're ready to make cookies, flour your work surface and roll out half your dough. It should be a bit thick, your cookies will get too hard if the dough is thin. Now the fun part- cut with your favorite Christmas cookie cutters & place on a non-stick foil lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 7 minutes. Do this in batches until you've used up all your dough. Once the cookies are cooled, move on to the icing.
1/2 lb powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
Put powdered sugar in a bowl, then stir in vanilla & splashes of milk until it forms a spreadable icing. Spread icing over cooled cookies, then top with a variety of your favorite holiday sprinkles.