Christmas Cookie Edition: Sugar Cookies

3 eggs
2 sticks margarine
1 c. sugar
1 1/2 t. vanilla plus 1/2 t. vanilla for frosting
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
3 1/2 c. flour
2 c. powdered sugar
2 T. butter, melted
3 T. milk

With mixer, cream together margarine and sugar until fluffy. Slowly add in eggs, one at a time. When blended completely, add in vanilla. Sift together flour salt and baking powder. Slowly add it to margarine mixture. Cover with saran wrap and chill for one hour.

Roll 1/4 of the dough about 1/4 inch thick on a dusted flour surface. Cut out with floured cookie cutters. Bake on cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 7 minutes. Cool.

Icing:
2 c. powdered sugar
2 t. butter, melted
3 T. milk
1/2 t. vanilla

Blend completely. Separate into divided bowls. Leave one white. Add 2-3 drops food coloring to make a palette of color choices. Also you may use gum drops, red hots and other candies to decorate. Be creative! Most of all, have fun! Give the best on a platter to an unnoticed person in your realm–add the Christmas cookie recipe as a tag.

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Holly loves her job as wife to Chris and mom to Noah, Kylie, Tabor and Sydney. God has gifted Holly with a love of all things creative ~ from painting and wall papering to scrapbooking and design work. In addition to co-founding and managing A Martha Heart, she designs web pages (www.crownlaiddowndesigns.com) and marketing pieces. She also authored a devotional blog, now closed, called Crown Laid Down. Holly and her family make their home within site of year 'round snow-capped mountains in Colorado. She can be reached by emailing Holly (AT) a martha heart (DOT) com or connect with her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HollyGorinSmith

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