I love the Classic Sugar Cookie recipe from Southern Living at Home's Incredible Cookies.
1 cup butter or margerine softened
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer 2 minutes or until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating well. Add egg & vanilla, beating well. Gradually add flour & salt, beating well until blended. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill 1 hour.
Roll each portion of dough to 1/4 inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut with desired cookie cutters...I choose LETTERS! Place on lightly greased baking sheets.
Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes or until edges of cookies are lightly browned. Cool cookies 1 minute on baking sheets. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Now for the amazing glaze to spread on the tops of the polka dot initial cookies:
1 16 oz package powdered sugar
6 T warm water
Stir together. Place in shallow bowls for dipping.
Red Hots & M&Ms make great polka dots for the initials!
Gather a stack of one letter, wrap in cellophane, & tie with ribbon. Your personalized gift is ready to give! Place them inside a glass jar for a festive presentation.