Sugar Cookies

Eastersugarcookies

I use this recipe for most holidays, Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Fourth of July,  wherever I want a simple decorated cookie.

Ingredients:

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.

Almond frosting

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.

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