Things I <3 Thursday {BEST Sugar Cookie Recipe EVER}

It pretty much makes my day when I get a little tip or hint that makes my life easier/happier/awesome-er in some way.  So that got me thinking...  Why not share the little (and big) things that make my life happy.  The things I love.  Enter: Things I <3 Thursdays

Guys, I'm not kidding when I tell you that these are THE best sugar cookies in the world.  They've been tried, they've been tested and they never fail to disappoint.  We make these every year for Christmas and usually Valentine's Day and Halloween too.  The recipe makes a TON and they are pretty time consuming, but it's so worth it and then you have plenty to either share or freeze for later. 

INGREDIENTS:

2 cup butter, softened
3 eggs
2 1/4 teas. vanilla
4 1/2 teas. baking powder
2 cup sugar
4 Tbsp. milk
3/4 teas. salt
6 cup flour

DIRECTIONS:

Mix in order. Chill dough 1/2 hour. Roll out dough to about 1/4" on a heavily floured surface and cut into desired shapes. Bake approx. 6 minutes at 375 (my oven cooks fast, so I only cook mine for 5 minutes depending on how thick they are - they should be just barely golden brown on the bottoms). I know I already said it, but this recipe seriously makes a LOT of cookies!! 

And these wouldn't be the best ever sugar cookies without the best ever sugar cookie icing!!!!  

INGREDIENTS:

powered sugar 

a small amount of milk to create desired consistency (you need WAY less milk that you'd think!  It should be similar to pudding consistency.) 

a drop or two of almond extract

color as desired

Then…. decorate, let dry, enjoy and SHARE!!!  Really the goal at this point would be to not eat them all yourself. 

Things got a little crazy this year with the decorating…  Notice the gingerbread man with the severed leg?!  :-/ 

Happy Holidays!!