Here's a really fun and cute way to make cut out cookies AND ice cream sandwiches. These cookies look so pretty and bakery-like. I'm always impressed with the finished product. It actually looks like I'm the baker in the family.
Sugar Cookie (Cut Out Dough)
2 c butter, softened
3 c sugar
1 T. vanilla extract
7 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and flavorings and mix well. Stir flour, baking powder and salt together. Add to batter and mix well.
Chill 3-4 hours or overnight before using.
Roll dough into a log about 2" thick
Using a cake leveler, slice the dough into 1/2" slices
gently press down along the sides on the wire.
bake at 400 for 4-5 minutes, but watch them. Place them on a cooling rack to cool.
When cool dip the edges in Royal Icing
Next, roll edges in Sanding Sugar (William Sonoma) and place back on drying rack.
Drizzle about 1 T of icing on top of each cookie, gently spreading it to the ends. Let dry.
Once dry, they will shiny, hard and gorgeous. Eat them as they are (so good) or even better with your favorite ice cream in the middle.