Mom remembers Aunt Ruth making these cookies (with pink frosting for Valentine’s Day) when Mom visited Ohio when she was 16. Mom later got the recipe from her to make when Becky was 3. It is a good recipe to use when you want to make cookies with cookie cutters.
In large mixing bowl, combine first five ingredients; beat until creamy. In separate bowl, combine remaining (dry) ingredients, and then add to first mixture. Chill dough overnight. Dough will be sticky, so only remove 1/4 of it at a time from the refrigerator, and place on lightly floured surface (Do not use powdered sugar). Roll 1/4 inch thick and cut into shapes. Bake on greased cookie sheets at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Do not over-bake! Cookies should be lightly browned on bottom and white on top. Cool on racks and frost.
Note: Dough can be kept in refrigerator for several days or frozen for 2 months.