3/4 cup butter or shortening
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 and 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
Soften butter (if using) and mix with sugar. Mix in eggs, one at a time. Mix in vanilla.
Blend in flour, baking powder and salt. Cover, chill at least one hour.
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Roll dough 1/8 inch thick on lightly floured surface. Cut in desired shapes. Place on cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until very lightly browned around the edges.