This is an old family recipe that I grew up eating. They aren't your usual soft, chewy cookie; they're crisp - and perfect with a morning cup of hot chocolate. :o)
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter (or margarine)
1 c. sugar
1 medium egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. baking powder
2 c. flour, sifted
colored sugar sprinkles
Cream together butter and sugar. Blend in egg and vanilla, then baking powder. Stir flour into mixture a few spoonfuls at a time. (By the end of the flour, you may need to work the dough with your hands...) Chill.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll some dough onto floured mat and cut with cookie cutters. Sprinkle with colored sugar, if desired. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Cool on cooling rack before storing.
*You can make these a little softer by rolling your dough thicker and baking for 8 minutes. For crisper cookies, roll your dough thin and bake slightly longer.
*I've never iced cookies, but I'm sure it would work fine on these. It would probably be easier on thicker, softer cookies than the thinner, crisper ones.
*You don't need to grease your cookie sheet since there's a good bit of butter in the dough. Just don't let the cookies cool to the pan or they will stick.