I first spotted these on Pintrest and like so many other bakers, knew that I would have to try them this year. I followed a few Pins and found a great tutorial on Truly Custom Cakery. Here are some other links about the cookies, first is Crazy Domestic and one from the creator at The Decorated Cookie. Those absolutely beautiful, but I am feeling lazy and not wanting to whip up some fondant.
I am using a sugar cookie recipe from Wilton. One that you do not have to refrigerate.
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter , softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon No Color Almond Extract
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 400°F.
In mixing bowl, cream butter with sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. Mix flour and salt; add to butter mixture 1 cup at a time, mixing after each addition.
Do not chill dough. Divide dough into 2 balls. On a floured surface, roll each ball into a circle approximately 12 in. wide and 1/8 in. thick. Dip cookie cutter in flour before each use.
Bake cookies on ungreased cookie sheet 6-7 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned.
For the frosting I made royal icing, but didn't get it runny enough. I also just used black icing in the tube and Miss V had fun with my edible markers.