By emily Croft, Staff writer
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoon baking powder
1 large egg
3 cups flour
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a large bowl, mix butter and sugar with an electric mixer. Beat in egg and vanilla. Mix baking powder and flour, add one cup at a time, mixing after each addition. The dough will be very stiff; blend the last of the flour in by hand. (If dough becomes too stiff, add water, one teaspoon at a time). Do not chill dough. Divide dough into 2 balls. On a floured surface, roll each ball into a circle approximately 12 inches in diameter and .5 inch thick. Dip cookie-cutters in flour before each use. Bake cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet on the top rack of the oven for 6 to 7 minutes, or until cookies are lightly browned. Recipe makes 20 to 24 average size cookies.
Royal Icing Recipe for Cookies
3 tablespoons Wilton Meringue Powder
1 pound (4 cups) confectioners’ sugar (powdered sugar)
6 tablespoons warm water
Beat all ingredients by hand until icing forms peaks. Keep adding water to thin it down. Then add in any food colorings to the icing for decorating.
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