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Rolled Sugar Cookies

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INGREDIENTS for cookies

1½ cups butter softened

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

5 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

INGREDIENTS for Royal icing

3 cups powdered sugar

¼ cream of tartar

2 large egg whites

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 to 2 teaspoons water

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steps to make

Gather the ingredients for the cookies.

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In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth.

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Beat in eggs one at a time.

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Add vanilla. 

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In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, and salt.

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Mix dry ingredients with sugar and egg mixture.

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Roll dough into disks, cover with plastic wrap, and chill dough for at least one hour or overnight.

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll out dough on floured surface ¼ to ½ inch thick. Cut into shapes with a cookie cutter.

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Place cookies 1-inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets

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Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven or until lightly browned on the bottom. Don't overbake. Cool completely.

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steps to make

Gather the ingredients for the royal icing.

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Combine the powdered sugar and cream of tartar. Add egg whites and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.

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Beat on medium-high speed until thick and glossy. Add 1 teaspoon of water at a time.  The icing should be thick enough to stick to the cookies in an even layer, but not too loose to slide off.

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