I usually make these cookies on Christmas & Valentine's day. Valentine's day I use melted dove chocolate instead of icing. You will both recipes here for the cookies & the icing.
What you need for cookies:
2 sticks of butter, softened
1 cup of sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Into a seperate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Alternating with the eggs, add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, beating well after the addition of each. Fold in the vanilla.
Roll out the dough on a flat surface, using flour on the rolling pin & surface you are using. Roll it pretty thin...but not too thin. Use cookie cutters to cut out the shapes of your choice. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake until golden brown on the bottom, 12 to 14 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for about 5 mins before transferring to a plate.
Once completely cooled, decorate with icing.
What you need for icing:
I don't measure how much I use. I'm estimating 1 cup of powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon of milk and 3 or so drops of food coloring for each color you are making of icing. A little bit of milk goes a very long way when making the icing, so it's better to use too little at first and add more if needed. Mix the icing & milk using a fork to get any clumps dissolved.
Using a butter knife (one for each color of icing so you don't mix the colors together) decorate the cookies by spreading the icing onto the cookie into any design you like. Icing may be watery. I usually place the cookies into the freezer to harden the icing, and then transfer to a container or plate afterwards.
This recipe makes a varied amount of cookies depending on the size cookie cutters you use. I usually double up my recipe for extras!