Christmas just isn’t the same for me without sugar cookies cut into all kinds of festive shapes. My mother has a huge old cookbook she got as a graduation gift, and she just keeps stuffing recipes written on cards and random slips of paper into it. This cookie recipe is one copied by my great-grandmother onto a faded sheet of stationery and as children we always lit up when we saw the familiar sheet of paper emerge from the big yellow cookbook. Over the years, the recipe has been updated by various family members (no more lard!!), but we still love to make and decorate these cookies. Something about them just says Christmas!
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 T. vanilla extract
3 cups flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1. Sift dry ingredients into a bowl and set aside.
2. Cream butter and sugar in a separate bowl.