1 cup butter at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder

Icing: 
4 cups icing sugar (sifted)
Water
Food coloring

Cream butter either by hand or by using a mixer until it is light. Add sugar gradually and beat until well incorporated. Add the egg and then the vanilla while you continue to beat.

Sift flour and baking powder together. Mix well. Add flour to the creamed butter and combine. Divide dough into four pieces. Flatten them slightly; wrap well. Refrigerate one hour.

Preheat oven to 375F. Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper, or butter and flour lightly. Roll each piece of dough out to thickness of approximately 1/4 inch. Cut out with cookie cutters or use a knife to cut triangles, squares and rectangles. Transfer to cookie sheets. Re-roll excess dough but do not overhandle these pieces. Bake cookies 10 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on racks.

For icing, combine enough water with icing sugar to make an icing the thickness of heavy cream. Spread plain icing over top of each cookie. While it dries, divide remaining icing into six bowls; add food coloring as you wish. (Thin icing with a bit of water if necessary.) Use new small paintbrushes (reserved just for painting cookies) to paint designs, rainbows, polka dots, etc. on cookies. Allow to dry.

Makes about 50 cookies, depending on size.

This a great easy recipe you can make at home with your children.

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