It wouldn't be Christmas without some homemade sugar cookies decorated by my children. These are one of our favorite cookies to make because everyone can get involved with the rolling, cutting, icing, and decorating!! This is basic recipe we use:
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 pinch salt
Line rimless baking sheets with parchment paper or grease; set aside. In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in egg and vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Stir into butter mixture in 3 additions. Divide in half; flatten into discs. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. On lightly floured surface, roll out each disc to 1/4-inch thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut out shapes as desired. Place, 1 inch apart, on prepared pans.
Bake in top and bottom thirds of 350°F oven, rotating and switching pans halfway through, until light golden on bottoms and edges, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to racks; let cool completely. Decorate with icing and candies if desired. Store in airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 1 month. Makes 40 cookies.
Nutritional Information (per cookie) Calories 122, Fat 4g, Carbohydrates 21g, Cholesterol 16mg, Sodium 43mg, Protein 1g.
Source Canadian Living