This recipe is really good and I come back to it very often. Kids ask to bake stars, hearts, animals... quite often and I don't look for any new recipes any more, because this one is just so good. The cookies come out very tasty, fragrant, chewy with crunchy sides and a sweet glaze.
1 cup soft butter
1 cup sugar
1 t.s. salt
2 3/4 cups flour (begin with 1/2 and see if you need more)
Beat butter, egg and sugar until combined and smooth. Add extracts, salt and flour. Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes if you're making them in summer. Roll the dough out into a thick (about 0,5cm) disk. Cut out cookies and place them onto baking tray, covered with baking paper.
Bake for about 10 minutes at 175C.
I use a very simple recipe.
0,5 cup powdered sugar (with vanilla)
1 tb.s. runny honey
1-2 tb.s. water
colouring gel or liquid
Mix all ingredients together until you get thick paste that slowly runs from the spoon if you lift it.
I use a simple watercolour paint brush for this. Let the cookies dry. The above quantity is probably enough for half of the cookies, so you can repeat with another colour for the rest of them.