Anytime Sugar Cookies

Whenever I make these cookies and bring them to a party, people are always taking some home to their family members.  They are the best sugar cookie I have ever had.  They aren't too sweet, and light and fluffy, and look very nice with colorful icing and sprinkles!

1 ½ cups butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs and vanilla, then stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter and place the cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.   Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven and cool completely before icing.

Perfect icing for decorating these cookies.  My cousin’s wedding was on July 23, 2011, and we had a few events for her.  I knew her colors for the wedding were going to be pink and green, so for one of her Bridal Showers I iced star shape cookies with bright pink and green icing.

1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tsp milk
2 tsp light corn syrup
¼ tsp almond extract
Assorted food coloring

In a small bowl, stir together confectioners' sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup.

Divide into separate bowls, and add food colorings to each to desired intensity.

Use a knife to spread on icing or dip the front of the cookie in the icing.

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