Note: The picture shows Christmas cookies. Use cookie cutters for whatever occasion you are celebrating.
1/2 cup butter (no substitutions), softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar; beat in the egg and vanilla extract.
Combine the flour, baking, powder and salt; gradually add to the butter mixture.
Cover dough and chill for an hour or until easy to handle.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of 1/8-inch. Cut with cookie cutters and place 1-inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets or cookie sheets covered with parchment paper.
Bake cookies at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks before glazing with the following glaze.
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp milk
paste food coloring of your choice
In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar and milk until smooth. Stir in the food coloring and lightly brush glaze on cookies. Let stand until glaze is set, about 10 minutes.
Note: File Photo from an old TOH where I found this recipe probably 16 or 17 years ago.