1 - 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth.
Beat in eggs and vanilla.
In a new bowl mix together flour, baking powder and salt. Mix dry ingredients into the butter mixture. Blend well.
Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
Preheat oven to 400
Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.
Cut into shapes with a cookie cutter.
Place cookie pop stick in the center (I place a small strip of cookie dough over the stick just for extra support) and bake for 8 minutes or until cookies are golden.
Let cool completely and decorate any way you would like.
3 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners' sugar
In large bowl combine the egg whites and vanilla and beat until frothy. Add confectioners' sugar gradually and mix on low speed until sugar is incorporated and mixture is shiny. Turn speed up to high and beat until mixture forms stiff, glossy peaks. This should take approximately 5 to 7 minutes. Add food coloring, if desired. For immediate use, transfer icing to pastry bag or heavy duty storage bag and pipe as desired. If using storage bag, clip corner. Store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 3 days
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