With a dough that doesn’t require any electric equipment—just a bowl and clean hands!—and a super straight-forward method!
– All-purpose flour – Unsalted butter – Milk – Sugar – Vanilla extract – Baking powder – Salt
Place the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Stir together. Add the remaining dough ingredients and use your hand to mix together to form a dough.
Make two flattened disc of dough and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate while the oven preheats. Preheat the oven to 375°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Working with one ball of dough at a time, roll about ¼-inch thick. Cut out the dough with a cookie cutter and transfer to the prepared baking sheets.
Bake for 8-10 minutes, until lightly browned around the edges. Remove from the oven, let cool on the baking sheet for a minute, and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Easy Icing: Stir the ingredients together in a small bowl. You want it to be able to spread easily on the cookies and not be too thick. Color the icing with food coloring, if desired.
Use a small butter knife or paintbrush to spread on the icing or pipe on as desired. If adding sprinkles or other decorations, add them to the iced cookies right away before it dries.
Store fully cooled cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-5 days. You can also freeze unfrosted cookies in a freezer bag for up to 3 months.
To make this dough ahead: Store it in the fridge wrapped in plastic wrap for up to 24 hours. It will need to sit at room temperature for about an hour to soften up.