Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Sugar Cookie Recipe

1 c. butter, very soft, but not melted

1 1/2 c. sugar

3 eggs

1 t. vanilla

3 1/2 c. flour*

2 t. cream of tartar

1 t. soda

1/2 t. salt

 

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, and mix well after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Add dry ingredients and mix well. *I almost always use more flour, about 1-2 cups extra - so it's like chocolate chip cookie dough*

Chill thoroughly - 3-4 hours or overnight.

Roll out of floured surface.3/8 inches thick for soft and chewy cookies. Less than 1/4 inch thick for crisp cookies.

Cut out shapes with cookie cutters. For soft and chewy cookies, bake at 375 for 6-8 minutes, they should not brown. For crisp cookies, bake at 375 for 7-9 minutes until slightly browned at edges.

Once cooled, frost with cream cheese frosting and sprinkles, if desired.

 

Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

2 T. milk

5 c. powdered sugar

1 t. vanilla

a few drops of food coloring 

Mix cream cheese with hand mixer. Add milk, vanilla and half of powdered sugar and mix well. Add remaining powdered sugar. Add food coloring and mix well. I often separate the frosting into separate bowls before adding food coloring if I want multiple colors of frosting.