2 sticks butter
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
Using electric mixer, beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy; blend in the egg and vanilla extract.
Combine the flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar mixing together well.
Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture; mix well.
Divide the dough into thirds; flatten each to a 1-inch thickness. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
On a lightly floured surface roll out 1/3 of the dough (1 wrapped package) to a thickness of 1/8-inch. Cut with desired cookie cutter that have been lightly dipped in flour. Place cookies on cookie sheets and bake at 350 degrees for 7 to 8 minutes or until the bottoms of the cookies are a lightly browned.
Decorate or frost with the frosting below:
ICING FOR COOKIES
3 cups confectioners' sugar
4 to 5 drops of milk
food coloring as desired
Mix the confectioners' sugar with 4 drops of the milk until well blended. Add the remaining milk if needed to reach spreading or piping consistency.
Yield: Approximately 6 dozen 2-inch cookies and 1 1/3 cups frosting.