When I was growing up, we made frosted sugar cookies almost every Christmas. I haven’t made them in a while but decided to bake some this year. I searched for a recipe similar to what we used to make, and found this Soft Christmas Cookies recipe by Georgie Bowers posted at All Recipes. Some of the All Recipes reviewers made a few suggested adaptations to the recipe, so I followed them and added some extra changes of my own, and the cookies turned out wonderful. Below is the modified recipe (go here for the original) for your enjoyment!
You will need:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 cups white sugar
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together, set aside. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Gradually blend in the flour ingredients until fully absorbed. Cover dough, and chill for 2+ hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets. On a clean floured surface, roll out small portions of chilled dough to 1/4 or 1/2 inch thickness. Cut out shapes using cookie cutters.
Bake in the preheated oven until center is cooked and edges are just BARELY starting to turn brown (for me this was 15 minutes but I had huge cookies, so start at 8 minutes and keep checking them from there). Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.
Once they are cool, frost with icing and decorate with sprinkles. I used a simple homemade frosting made of softened butter, confectioners sugar, milk and vanilla extract, whipped with a handheld mixer until light and fluffy.