Allow a good two hours to refrigerate the dough before baking. This makes cutting the shapes much easier.
Step 1: Ingredients
1 cup (8oz) butter, room temperature
1 cup (200g) sugar
1 tsp. vanilla (or your favorite) extract
3 cups (375g) flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Makes about 2 dozen cookies.