Makes about 2 dozen cookies.
Ingredients for Cookies
2 cups sugar
1 cup lbutter
4 cups cake flour plus more for rolling
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp baking soda
1 cap full of vanilla
sugar for sprinkling
Ingredients for Icing
3 3/4 cups confectioners sugar
1 1/2 cup butter
2 Tbsp milk
2 Tbsp coffee (to cut the sweetness)
1 tsp vanilla
Knead together sugar, flour, butter, baking powder, and salt.
Make a hole in the center of the dough, and pour eggs, buttermilk, baking soda, and vanilla into it. Stir to combine.
Chill dough overnight.
Flour a work surface, your hands, and a rolling pin with cake flour. Roll dough until it’s about 1/4-inch thick.
Use cookie cutters to make festive shapes, then place dough onto a baking sheet (preferably a baking stone). Sprinkle some with sugar, and leave others for icing.
Bake at 400°F for about 8 minutes.
Beat together ingredients for icing and add food coloring, if you like. Spread onto cookies, or use a piping bag to decorate them.
Store cookies in an airtight container.