3/4 cup (1/4 lb plus 4 tbs) butter or margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp each baking powder and salt
In a large bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and the 1 cup sugar
until creamy; beat in eggs and vanilla. In another bowl, sitr together
flour, baking powder, and salt; gradually add to butter mixture,
blending thoroughly, to form a soft cough. Cover tightly with plastic
wrap and refrigerage until firm (at least one hour) or for up to 3
days. On a floured board, roll out dough, a portion at a time, to a
thickness of 1/8 inch (keep remaining portions refrigerated) . cut out
with cookie cutter (about 2 1/2 inches in diameter) and place slightly
apaprt on ungreased baking sheets. Sprinkle generously with sugar.
Bake in a 400 F oven for 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly
browned. Transfer to racks and let cool completely before handling.
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