Brown Sugar Cut-Out Cookies and Icing Recipe

Ingredients
<br>- 1 cup butter, softened
<br>- 2 cups brown sugar
<br>- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
<br>- 5 cups all-purpose flour
<br>- ½ teaspoon salt
<br>- 1 teaspoon baking soda
<br>- ¼ cup milk
<br>- 1 cup butter, very soft
<br>- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
<br>- confectioners' sugar
<br>- splash of milk
<br><p></p>Directions
<br>step 1: In a large bowl, stir together 1 cup butter and brown sugar until smooth and creamy. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt, and baking soda; stir into creamed mixture. Mix in milk, stirring until a soft dough forms. Cover, and chill for 1 hour.
<br>step 2: Preheat oven to 365 degrees F (185 degrees C). On a floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters. Place cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
<br>step 3: Bake in a preheated oven for 6 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
<br>step 4: Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together 1 cup butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla until it becomes smooth and creamy. Gradually stir in sugar, one cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in a splash of milk, and continue mixing until light and fluffy. Keep icing covered until ready to decorate. Spread icing on top of cookies.
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Ingredients
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 5 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 cup butter, very soft
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- confectioners' sugar
- splash of milk

Directions
step 1: In a large bowl, stir together 1 cup butter and brown sugar until smooth and creamy. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt, and baking soda; stir into creamed mixture. Mix in milk, stirring until a soft dough forms. Cover, and chill for 1 hour.
step 2: Preheat oven to 365 degrees F (185 degrees C). On a floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters. Place cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
step 3: Bake in a preheated oven for 6 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
step 4: Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together 1 cup butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla until it becomes smooth and creamy. Gradually stir in sugar, one cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in a splash of milk, and continue mixing until light and fluffy. Keep icing covered until ready to decorate. Spread icing on top of cookies.

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