favorite butter cookies

Cookies:
2-1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 cut Land O Lakes Butter, softened
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon vanilla

Frosting:
4 cups 10 X sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla
3-4 tablespoons milk

Decorations:
Food coloring
Colored sugars
Flaked coconut
Cinnamon red-hot candies

In large bowl, combine all cookie ingredients. Beat on low speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. If desired, divide dough into thirds and color dough with food colorings (or wait and decorate cookies with colored frostings and sugars). Cover; refrigerate at least 2 hours. Heat oven to 400. On lightly floured surface, roll out dough, one-third at a time, to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart on cookie sheets. If desired, sprinkle colored sugars on some of the cookies, or bake and decorate later. Bake 6-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool completely. In small bowl, combine all frosting ingredients except milk. Beat at low speed. Gradually add enough milk for desired spreading consistency. Frost or decorate cooled cookies. Makes 3 dozen.

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