Excellent for those Christmas shapes and can be doubled as well.
1/2 cup softened butter (but not melted)
1 cup white sugar
2 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
Mix well, roll into a ball, wrap in wax paper and chill one hour.
Roll out, cut in shapes and bake 7-8 minutes at 350 F.
Submitted by Dorothy Doyle