1cup (2 sticks)unsalted buttersoftened (plus extra for greasing pan and glass)
1 1/2cupsgranulated sugar(plus extra for flattening cookies)
1/2cup + 1 tablespoonmilk
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder and salt.
In large bowl, cream together butter and sugar. This will take several minutes - it should be fluffy and lighter in color. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
Mix the flour mixture into the butter mixture until just combined.
Scoop rounded tablespoons of dough and roll into balls.
Place the balls 2-inches apart on greased baking sheets. (I use the shiny half-sheet pans)
Butter the bottom of a flat-bottomed drinking glass. Spread some sugar on a small plate.
Dip the buttered glass in the sugar and use to press down on the cookie balls.
Hold the glass level and press until the cookie is a little thicker than a 1/4-inch. Repeat until all the balls are flattened.
Bake the cookies for 7-12 minutes or until just golden around the edges. Time may vary depending on oven.
Let cool on baking sheet 1-minute before removing to cooling rack.
In large bowl, beat together butter, vanilla, 3 cups of confectioner's sugar and 1/4 cup milk.
Gradually add more sugar and milk until you reach desired consistency.
If you want to ice the cookies by hand, make a little thicker like peanut butter.
If you want to pipe the icing on the cookies, make a little thinner like ketchup. (I used the exact measurements for the icing I piped on my cookies.)
Cookie Baking Tips: I use shiny metal cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. If you use darker colored cookie sheets you may want to drop your oven temperature by 25 degrees. Darker baking pans get hotter. Cookie scoops are handy for portioning the cookie dough for even cookies. You can even weigh the cookie dough balls with a kitchen scale. For 3 1/2-inch diameter cookies, I made each dough ball 1 1/2 ounces and flattened them to about a 3-inch diameter. (1 batch made 2 1/2 dozen cookies.) I bake my cookies 1 tray at a time and make sure the cookie sheet is cool each time. It's helpful to have several cookie sheets you can rotate.
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