12Tablespoonsbutterroom temperature (1 1/2 sticks)
5 cupspowdered sugar
Assorted Holiday Sprinkles
Gel Food Coloring
Make the cookies:
Cream butter and sugar till fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla and beat till fluffy again. Sift flour, salt, and baking powder together, and add to the creamed mixture. Mix till combined. Refrigerate dough for 1 hour.
Preheat your oven to 350-f degrees. Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface, about 1/2 inch thick. Cut with cookie cutters, and place on parchment lined cookie sheets.
Bake for 10-14 minutes, depending on the size of your cookies, until they are just puffed. If the edges start to brown, you've gone too far. Let cool completely, then frost.
Make the frosting:
Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, whip the butter on medium-high speed 4 minutes, until light and creamy.
While mixing on low, add in the powdered sugar gradually, occasionally scraping down the sides of the bowl. Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. At this point the frosting will be very thick.
Add in the heavy cream one tablespoon at a time, mixing between each tablespoon. Add in vanilla and salt and beat for 30 seconds, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Divide into bowls and add desired food coloring.