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.
Cream together butter and sugar, scraping sides of bowl with a rubber spatula. Start on a medium speed, and gradually increase to highest speed possible until mixture is light in both color and texture.
Add egg and vanilla. Mix well.
Sift together dry ingredients and add a little at a time to butter mixture with the mixer on a low speed. Scrape the bowl often. Mix until flour is completely incorporated and the dough comes together.
Chill for 1 to 2 hours