Submitted by Holly Hall of Glendale
"Our family has been rolling out and decorating silver bells for 40 years."
1 hour, plus decorating time
About 4 dozen cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted and divided
2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 cups flour, sifted
1 to 2 teaspoons water
Food coloring, optional
1. Heat the oven
to 350 degrees.
2. In the bowl
of a stand mixer, or in a large bowl using an electric mixer, cream together the butter and one-half cup powdered sugar until light and smooth, 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla, and then the salt. Stir in the flour, a little at a time, until thoroughly mixed and smooth to form the dough.
3. Gather the dough
and roll it to a thickness of one-fourth inch on a floured surface. Cut out cookie shapes from the dough.
4. Space the cookies
about 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake until just browned on the bottom but still light on top, about 10 minutes. Cool briefly on the pan, and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
5. Make the glaze:
In a medium bowl, stir together the remaining powdered sugar and vanilla extract with just enough water to reach the desired consistency. To color the glaze, divide the dough and tint with food coloring as desired.
6. Ice the cookies
Each of 4 dozen cookies: