Cut out Butter Cookies

by Lori Baranowski
(Buffalo Grove, IL)

4 sticks butter (softened)
1 c brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
4 cups flour

Mix ingredients into large ball and refrigerate over night. Next day let dough warm to room temperature and roll out a hand full of dough at a time on a well floured surface. cut out shapes using any seasonal cookie cutters.
Bake at 325 for about 12 minutes or when they start to brown slightly.

Frosting: 2 TBSP butter, melted, splash of vanilla, powdered sugar and water to a consistency that is spreadable w/ children's paint brushes. in shallow cups I color the frosting for Xmas, red, green, white, yellow, light blue and brown. the kids and I would paint each cookie and decorate w/ several kinds of sprinkles, making faces on our snowmen, angles, reindeer, stockings, star, xmas trees, etc.. we'd spend hours decorating these delicious butter cookies. let them sit for a couple hours for the frosting to harden, you don't want a thick coat of frosting. use wilton colors! I own hundreds of cookie cutters for any occasion, everyone begs me to make "my cookies"

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