Betcha can't eat just one! I know, I'm obnoxious, but it's true. These highly addictive cookies just scream "Holidays". The dough needs to be chilled in the fridge before it can be rolled out so try to make it the day before to avoid rolling problems. There are ten million different decorating ideas so go buy some sprinkles and candies and go wild. Sugar cookies are not complete without some Royal Icing, which looks amazing and tastes great too!
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 1/4 cup white sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
5 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl using a hand or stand mixer, combine the butter and sugar. Beat until creamy about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix to combine. Scrape down the sides of the bowl again and mix.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, mixing well after each addition.Chill the dough thoroughly (I try to make it the day before) before you roll it out.
Roll the dough out on a lightly floured board. Cut the dough with floured cookie cutters. Use a lifter to gently place the cookie cutouts on the pan, as they tend to warp if you use your hands.
If using sprinkles, candied cherries, or candies add them now.Bake for 8 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned.
Cool and ice with Royal Icing if desired.