Sugar cookies are one of the most versatile desserts because they can be decorated in so many ways. We made these cookies for a psychology lab meeting, hence the different facial expressions on each cookie (adorable, right?). This recipe makes about two dozen 2-inch sugar cookies and enough icing to frost them generously.

2/3 c. butter, softened
2 c. flour, plus more for rolling out
3/4 c. sugar
1 tbsp. milk
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
pinch of salt

Beat softened butter until light and fluffy. Add half the flour (1 cup) and beat well. Add egg, sugar, baking powder, milk, vanilla and salt. Beat well. Mix in rest of flour. If dough is too sticky add a couple more tablespoons of flour. Divide dough in half and flatten each half into a disc about an inch thick.  Cover with saran wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour, or until firm.

Sprinkle flour on a hard surface and roll dough until about 1/4 inch thick. Use cookie cutter, rim of a cup, or your hands to make into desired shape. Bake on an un-greased cookie sheet at 375 for 7-9 minutes. Allow to cool fully before putting the icing on.

3 tbsp. butter
2.5 c. powdered sugar
1-2 tsp. milk
1/4 tsp. vanilla

Melt butter and slowly stir in powdered sugar, milk and vanilla. Mix well. Continue to add more powdered sugar to make a thicker consistency, or if it is too thick then add more milk. Spread evenly on cookies after they have cooled and decorate however you’d like!

Our final result: