A recipe for the best, iced Christmas cookies, featuring homemade sugar cookies and an easy buttercream frosting.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the butter and powdered sugar. If you do not have a stand mixer, use a large mixing bowl and a handheld mixer. Begin mixing on low speed, until most of the powdered sugar is mixed in, then increase the speed to medium-high. Mix until well-combined.
Add the salt, extract and desired amount of food coloring (if using), and mix once more.
Makes about 24 cookies and 1 1/2 cup of buttercream icing.