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Frosted Butter Cookies

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Frosted Butter Cookies

Ingredients

Cookie   
    1/2 cup butter shortening   
    3/4 cup sugar   
    1 tablespoon milk   
    1 large egg, lightly beaten   
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract   
    1 1/4 cups all purpose flour   
    1/4 teaspoon salt   
    1/4 teaspoon baking powder   
   
Frosting   
    1/2 stick butter shortening sticks
    1 pound powdered sugar, about 4 cups   
    1/3 cup milk   
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Heat oven to 375°F. Grease baking sheets.Combine 1⁄2 cup shortening, sugar and milk; beat at medium speed until well blended. Beat in egg and vanilla extract. Combine flour, salt and baking powder. Mix into shortening mixture. Drop level measuring tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto prepared baking sheets. Bake 7 to 9 minutes. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheets; transfer to cooling racks to cool completely.FrostingCombine shortening, powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract; beat at low speed for 15 seconds. Scrape bowl.Beat at high speed for 2 minutes, or until smooth and creamy. Frost cookies.

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