Every year around Christmas we make lots and lots of cookies. Sometimes we give them to friends, or Derek will bring them to work, and other times we just keep them and eat them for ourselves. This year Jay has been really into making lots and lots of cookies each day, and so we're working through a lot of different recipes. We've already made my favorite chocolate chip cookies, these gingerbread cookies, and just a few days ago, we made these sugar cookies. The dough is really easy to make and I felt like they held their shape really well, which is an automatic win for me every time.
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
5 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Let cool on cookie sheets for 2-3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack (or wax paper on the counter like we do). Once completely cooled, decorate as desired.