Cookies for Santa {awesome sugar cookie recipe}

We are with all of the children’s cousins this week so we made cookies for Santa.  I’m not a zillion percent sure he’s going to want to eat these, but they sure loved them.  
1 ½ cups flour, plus more for dusting
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter, at room temperature
¾ cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 large egg
Icing
8 ounces cream cheese
8 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Blend together flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.  Set aside.  In an electric mixer, combine butter, powdered sugar, eggs, and vanilla.  Beat until well combined scraping down sides if needed.  Add flour mixture in batches at low speed.  Mix until just combined.  Do not over beat.
On a floured piece of parchment paper, roll out dough to ¼”.  Transfer parchment paper to a cookie sheet and place in refrigerator.  Let chill 30 minutes.  Using a floured cookie cutter, cut out shapes and place on a sil-pat lined cookie sheet.  Return to the refrigerator for another 30 minutes. 
Preheat oven to 325.  Bake cookies strait from the refrigerator for 6 minutes, until edges are just golden brown. 
Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely before frosting. 
For icing, combine cream cheese, butter, and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer.  Add sugar one cup at a time until desired consistency is achieved.  Transfer to a piping bag and decorate cookies. 

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