• 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened (no substitutes)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Frosting
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • various food coloring
  • colored sprinkles
  • 1 In a mixing bowl, cream together sugar and butter until fluffy.
  • 2 Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.
  • 3 Stir together dry ingredients; gradually add to creamed mixture until completely blended.
  • 4 Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes.
  • 5 On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness.
  • 6 Cut with various shaped cookie cutters dipped in flour.
  • 7 Transfer cookies to ungreased cookie sheet.
  • 8 Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes.
  • 9 Cool on wire racks.
  • 10 Frosting: Mix together sugar, butter, vanilla and milk until desired degree of spreading consistency; add milk if you want thinner frosting.
  • 11 Add food coloring to obtain desired color.
  • 12 Spread frosting over cookies and decorate with sprinkles.