Frosted Butter Cookies

Frosted Butter Cookies

Frosted Butter Cookies


Makes about 3 dozen cookies


1-1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 egg yolks
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 to 4 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
Food coloring (optional)
Colored sugars, flaked coconut and cinnamon candies for decoration


  1. For cookies, beat 1-1/2 cups butter and granulated sugar in large bowl until creamy. Add egg yolks; beat until light and fluffy. Add flour, baking powder, orange juice and 1 teaspoon vanilla; beat until well mixed. Wrap dough in plastic wrap; refrigerate 2 to 3 hours or until firm.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Roll out dough, half at a time, to 1/4-inch thickness on well-floured surface. Cut dough with holiday cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 6 to 10 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.
  3. For frosting, beat powdered sugar, butter, milk and vanilla in bowl until fluffy. If desired, divide frosting into small bowls and tint with food coloring. Frost cookies; decorate as desired.

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