sugar cookies & frosting


1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

Mix butter & sugar, then add eggs & vanilla. Combine dry ingredients & add to creamed butter mixture. Mix well. Roll out onto a lightly floured surface (1/8 inch thick) & cut out with cookie cutters. Place on a lightly sprayed sheet & bake at 375 (190C) degrees for 8-9 minutes, being careful not to overcook. Place on rack to cool. This dough freezes well: just wrap tightly in a plastic freezer bag or saran wrap and thaw until soft & roll-able.


1 cup powdered sugar
1 T very soft butter
1 or 2 T milk or water (adjust amount for the consistency you want)
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp peppermint extract (optional)
Food coloring if desired

Mix together well & adjust liquid or powdered sugar if necessary.
Spread onto cooled cookies. Enjoy!

glory to Jess, who is way more creative & hospitable than Martha Stewart.