This recipe has been in our family for as long as I can remember. I got it from my sister years ago, and started making them when my girls started Pre School.I was always the room mom in all their classes, and would make these for every holiday, from hearts to snowmen to jack-o-lanterns!! Both of my girls are now grown amd married, and now we are making these for my grandkids and taking special orders from friends and co-workers. They are a HUGE hit! Alot of work, but well worth the effort!
In a large mixing bowl, cream softened butter with sugar, until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time until blended. Add vanilla and milk, mix well, and set aside.
Combine flour,salt, soda, and baking powder together in a bowl. Add dry mixture a little at a time to cream mixture. Mix until all flour is mixed in, do not over mix.
Refrigerate at least 2 hours. I make my dough up a day or two in advance, and put it in a large ziplock baggie. It will roll out better if it is very chilled.
Using about half of the chilled cookie dough, roll out on well floured smooth flat surface, to about 1/8 inch thickness. Dont roll too thin. Using your favorite cookie cutters dipped in flour, cut out your shapes. Transfer to ungreased cookie sheet about an inch apart. Bake at 350 degrees for about 8 to 10 minutes, or when edges start getting lightly browned. Cool completely. These cookies are very soft and cake like, use care when storing them in adavance of decorating . They can be frozen or refrigerated in a sealed tight container up to a couple days in advance of decorating.
I use a buttercream frosting that is made with Meringue Powder (found on the Wilton Website). That way your frosting with be soft and creamy but will get a crust on it, when set to dry awhile, so you can stack them easy without the frosting gettng all messed up. These are sooooo yummy..they melt in your mouth!!