Decorated sugar cookies are must at Christmas time. I recently had a lovely opportunity to help decorate Christmas cookies at a nursing home. It turned out to be quite the adventure with one resident who forgot to wear her hearing aids forcing everyone to talk wayyyy louder than neccesary, another resident who was decorating the cookies faster than a 20 person assembly line and demanding more cookies and frosting. Lastly, there was a little nugget of a lady who I immediately loved. She was super fast zipping around on her walker, she was really happy to be there and she later used chocolate chips to create male private parts on her gingerbread man stating "and one for the penis". She was my favorite.
Anyway, we had a great time and the residents at the nursing home were able to enjoy some fabulously decorated cookies.
Here is a good sugar cookie recipe I have used to make cut-out cookies. Colorful buttercream works great for decorations!
Adapted from Allrecipes.com
1 1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight). Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 6 to 8 minutes and cool completely. Use colored buttercream frosting for decorations.