3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Additional sugar, optional
Powdered Sugar Cookie Frosting (see below)
In a mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Chill dough for 1 hour, or until easy to handle. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with 2 1/2 inch cookie cutters dipped in flour. Using a floured spatula, place cookies 1 inch apart on greased baking sheets. Sprinkle with sugar if desired. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Frost cookies if desired.
If you are in a hurry, simply sprinkle with granulated sugar or colored sugar before baking rather than frosting the baked cookies.
Makes 6 to 7 dozen.