I use this recipe for most holidays, Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Fourth of July, wherever I want a simple decorated cookie.
1 1/4 cup soft butter 2 cups sugar
2 eggs 5 cups flour
1 tsp. salt 4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg 1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup milk
Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time and beat until fluffy. Stir together dry ingredients and add alternately with milk and vanilla to creamed mixture. If dough is sticky, add a little flour to handle. Roll 1/4 inch thick on well-floured pastry cloth; cut using cookie cutters of choice. Place on ungreased baking sheet in moderate oven, 375 degrees for about 8 minutes. Cool on racks. Makes about 100 cookies depending on size of cookie cutters. Once cool, decorate with almond frosting and sprinkles.
2 cups powdered sugar 1 tsp. almond extract
enough water to make a smooth, thick icing
Mix all ingredients, slowly adding water until smooth thick consistency is achieved. Color with gel food coloring as desired.