|Butter||1 Cup (16 tbs), softened (or margarine)|
|Sugar||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Milk||1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)|
|Vanilla extract||2 Teaspoon|
|All purpose flour||4 Cup (64 tbs)|
|Baking powder||1 Teaspoon|
|Baking soda||3⁄4 Teaspoon|
|Egg yolk paint||(as required)|
Cream butter at medium speed of an electric mixer, gradually add sugar, beating until mixture is light and fluffy.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.
Add milk and vanilla, and mix well.
Combine flour, baking powder, and soda; add flour mixture to creamed mixture, stirring until blended. (Dough will be soft.)
Shape dough into 2 balls, wrap each ball in waxed paper, and allow balls to chill at least 4 hours.
Work with half of dough at a time; store remainder in refrigerator.
Roll dough to 1/8-inch thickness on floured waxed paper, cut with 2 1/2- to 3-inch cookie cutters, and transfer dough shapes to lightly greased cookie sheets.
Paint assorted designs on cookies using a small art brush and Egg Yolk Paint.
Bake at 375Â° for 6 to 8 minutes, cool on wire racks.