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These wonderful, tender cookies are classic, traditional Christmas fare. Look in the baking section of your supermarket for new decorating products. Edible glitter, wonderful colors of decorator icing, and different sprinkles will let you make your Christmas roll out cookies spectacular. By the way, paste food coloring comes in more vibrant colors than the typical liquid coloring.
2-1/2 cups flour
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
2 Tbsp. orange juice
1 Tbsp. vanilla
Combine all ingredients in large bowl and beat until well mixed. Cover and chill dough until firm, about 2-3 hours.
Roll out dough, 1/2 at a time, on a well-floured surface, with stockinet covered rolling pin, to a 1/4" thickness. Cut with shaped cutters. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 400 degrees for 6-10 minutes until very lightly brown.
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
3-4 Tbsp. milk
2 tsp. vanilla
Combine powdered sugar, butter, milk and vanilla and beat until smooth and fluffy. Divide into 5-6 portions and tint each portion with different color. Frost cookies and decorate as desired.