Quick, easy and you can customize the frosting colour and the sprinkles to make them themed for any occasion.
Ingredients for the cookies
4 1/2 cups plain flour
4 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
5 tsp vanilla extract
Ingredients for the frosting
5 cups icing sugar, sifted
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
7-8 Tbsp milk (plus more, as needed)
Food coloring (optional)
Pre heat the oven to 175C/gas 4. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar together on medium-high speed until soft and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Blend in the vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, add in the dry ingredients mixing just until incorporated and evenly mixed. Cover and chill the dough for 1 hour.
When you are ready to bake the cookies, scoop about a dessert spoonfull of dough and roll into a ball. Flatten the ball slightly and place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough, spacing the cookies at least 2-3 inches apart. Bake about 10-12 minutes or just until set (do not overbake! The edges should be no more than very lightly browned if at all). Let cool on the baking sheet for several minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
To make the frosting, place the icing sugar in a medium bowl. Add the melted butter, vanilla, and milk to the bowl and whisk until smooth. Whisk in additional milk as necessary, 1 teaspoon at a time, until you reach your desired consistency. Tint with food coloring if desired. Use a spatula to frost the cooled cookies (If the frosting begins to thicken as you decorate, just continue to whisk in small amounts of milk to keep it workable). Top with sprinkles if desired.
The frosting should be spreadable not pourable, and will set hard after awhile. Best kept in an airtight container. Makes 2 – 4 dozen depending on what size you make them.