My daughter loves these cookies that you buy at the grocery store that comes in those plastic containers. They are usually frosted with bright colors and sprinkles. They are super soft and yummy. I am not crazy about all the preservatives and additives they put in them, so I went on a quest to make something very close, if not better. Give them a try and let me know what you think.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line 2 cookie sheets with silpats or parchment.
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs room temperature
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. baking powder
4 cups all purpose flour
Cream butter with sugar until lighter in color. Add eggs one at a time and cream. Add vanilla. Sift flour with salt and baking powder. Add to mixing bowl slowly. Mix well. Form into balls and flatten into round cookie shape. Bake for 8 minutes.
Special note: The oven must be set no more than 325 degree and they must not over bake. They should just be baked with the bottom of the cookies having no color. In order to keep the cookies very soft you must not over bake or use a high temperature. Frost with frosting and add sprinkles.
2 sticks unsalted butter soften
1 tsp. vanilla extract
4 cups sifted confectioner's sugar
1 Tablespoon milk
Food color optional
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter with electric mixer. Add vanilla. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a t time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry. Add milk and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. It should be a spreadable consistency. Add food coloring if desired. Keep bowl covered with a damp cloth until ready to use.