CLASSIC SUGAR COOKIES (makes about 6 dozen cookies)
3¼ c flour
1½ c sugar
2/3 c vegetable shortening
2 T milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp salt
Beat together ingredients until well mixed. Shape dough into a ball and wrap in waxed paper. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
Roll dough ¼-inch to 1/8-inch thick. Cut with floured cookie cutters. Place on greased cookie sheets. (if decorating with colored sugar – sprinkle with sugar before baking)
Bake at 400° for 8 minutes, until very light brown. Cool completely & decorate with frosting.
BASIC BUTTER CREAM FROSTING
1 pound confectioner's sugar
6 T butter, softened
3 T milk
1½ tsp vanilla extract
Beat until smooth & spreadable – add additional milk if necessary. Add food coloring.
DECORATIVE FROSTING (use cake decorator to apply) 1
¾ c confectioner's sugar
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
1 egg white
Beat with mixer until stiff. Add food coloring.