2 sticks softened unsalted butter – 1 cup
1 cup white granulated sugar
1 large egg
1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl, mix butter and sugar together with a hand mixer or a stand mixer.
Add egg and vanilla and mix well.
In a separate bowl, mix together flour and baking powder.
Add flour mixture to the sugar mixture 1 cup at a time and mix just until the dough comes together.
Remove dough from bowl and form into two balls.
On a floured surface, roll out the dough until it is 1/4″ thick.
Using cookie cutters, cut out dough and place each piece on the baking sheet, leaving 1 inch in-between cookies.
Bake for 7-8 minutes or until the cookies have a slight tan color on the edges.
Remove from the oven and let them rest on the baking sheet for a minute before transferring to a cooling rack.
Cool before decorating.