Ice the cool cookies and then coat well with colored sugar while the icing is wet.
For chocolate chip cookies, press colored M&M’s into the tops for a festive looking cookie.
Best Roll Cut Out Sugar Cookie Recipe
2 cups sugar
4 sticks unsalted butter, one pound at room temperature
5 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
7 ½ cups all purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Icing (recipe below)
1) In a large mixing bowl, beat butter until fluffy and add one half of the sugar, beat, then add the rest. Add two eggs and beat. Scrape down the side of the bowl. Add the remaining three eggs and vanilla, beat until nicely incorporated.
2) Lightly measure out flour into a separate mixing bowl. Add baking powder and salt, whisk until blended.
3) Add half of the flour mixture to the egg/butter mixture and beat well. Add remaining flour and blend until all ingredients are incorporated.
4) Shape into a large ball and wrap in plastic wrap, then put into a large zip bag. Refrigerate for a couple of hours or overnight.
5) When ready to bake, allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Preheat your oven to 375’ and line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Have cooling racks ready to receive hot cookies.
6) Cut off a chunk and begin working with your hands to make it pliable enough to roll out on a floured surface. Roll to 1/8” thickness. Cut out with your favorite shapes and place on prepared sheets, leaving at least 1” of space between cookies. Bake for 7-8 minutes. Cool for five minutes before removing from cookie sheet onto a rack. Cool completely before icing.
For the icing:
3 cups powdered sugar
milk or water
1/2 teaspoon clear vanilla
gel food coloring, available at craft stores such as Michael’s
Put the powdered sugar into a medium size bowl. Add liquid small amounts at a time and stir. You will want the consistency to be thick enough that it will not run off the cookie but loose enough to easily spread. Don’t worry, if it isn’t perfect on the first cookie you can either add more liquid or more sugar to get the right consistency.
While the icing is wet, coat with colored sanding sugar. Allow them to set up for several hours uncovered.