These cookies can be used for any season, just insert Christmas, or Halloween and decorate accordingly.
1 C. butter
1/2 c sugar
3 egg yolks
1 t. vanilla
2 1/4 c. flour
2 1/2 c. sifted powdered sugar
2 T meringue powder
1/4 c. warm water
1/2 t. cream of tartar
Edible decorator sprinkles, if desired
Combine butter and sugar in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Add egg yolks and vanilla; continue beating until well mixed. (Batter will look smooth and shiny.) Gently stir in flour by hand.
Divide dough in half. Shape each half into 9x1 1/4 in long roll. Wrap in waxed paper or plastic food wrap. Refrigerate until firm (1 hr.)
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cut rolls into 1.4 in slices with sharp knife, turning roll 1/4 turn after each cut. Place 1 inch apart onto greased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 min cool completely.
Meanwhile, combine all icing ingredients except fool color in large bowl. Beat at low speed until moistened. Increase speed to medium. Beat until stiff and glossy. If too stiff, add additional tablespoon hot water for desired spreading cinsistency. Tint icing with fool color, as desired. Decorate cooled cookies with icing and sprinkles to resemble buttons, as desired.
Tip: If dough becomes too soft to slice, return to frig and re chill and reshape as needed.