One of my favorite Christmas traditions is making sugar cookies with my mom and sister while listening to Christmas music and watching the snow fall outside. We use the recipe from The Cookie Book each and every year because we can get enough of the slightly sweet cookie with a hint of nutmeg. This recipe book was my mom's when she was young so we've been enjoying the classic recipe for years. Christmas just wouldn't be compete without these cookies.
2/3 cup of butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 1/4 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon double-acting baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
In a large mixing bowl cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg and vanilla to the creamed mixture and beat until you have a smooth yellow batter. Set the mixing bowl aside.
Measure the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg into a sifter and sift into a bowl. Pour half the sifted ingredients into the yellow batter. Stir with the mixing spoon until the flour is blended into the batter. Add the rest of the sifted ingredients and mix until you have a stiff, light-yellow dough.
Pat the dough down tightly into the bowl. Cover the bowl with a plate, and put it in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
Bake the cookies at 400 degrees for about 8 minutes and allow at least 15 minutes for the cookies to cool before decorating.
Measure the powdered sugar and milk and mix until the icing is stiff. If it is thin and runny, stir in a little more powdered sugar. Use food coloring to color the frosting however you like.