Freshly Baked Cut Out Cookies recipe
1 cup butter, (2 sticks) at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
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Preheat oven to 400F.
Have ready one or two baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
Place the butter and sugar into a mixing bow. Using an electric mixer, beat until creamy. Add the vanilla and egg and mix in until well blended.
In a separate bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder.
Gradually mix together with the butter mixture and blend well.
Form the dough into a smooth ball. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of 1/8 to 1/4 inch.
Use any cookie cutter shape you like to cut out the cookies.
Place the cookies leaving space between onto the baking sheet.
Bake just one sheet at a time for 6 minutes or it may be a tiny bit longer if the cookies are thicker.
Remove from the oven and place cookie sheets onto wire racks to cool for a few minutes, then transfer the cookies directly onto the wire racks.
Let the cookies cool completely and decorate as desired.