I'm often asked for the recipe I use for sugar cookies, and have never felt comfortable sharing it because it's not a recipe I created myself. I learned it from my old roommate Kristin, who learned it from our friend Angie who learned it from her mom. Well luckily Angie recently shared the recipe over on her new blog. I've tried several sugar cookie recipes and this one is hands down my favorite. Once the dough is chilled it rolls out beautifully and the cookies will keep their shape with a nice defined edge.
I've made these often enough that I have a little routine: 2 days before the party you make the dough in the evening and let it chill overnight (I always double the recipe). The next day you roll them out and bake them, (they only cook for about 8 minutes, and you pull them out when they are just the tiniest bit golden brown) then let them cool. Frost them that evening (the night before the party) and let them sit overnight so the frosting can harden. The day of the party you can package them as favors, or serve them as part of your buffet. But make plenty, people tend to eat more than their share!