Sugar Cookies



4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup {2 sticks} unsalted butter, room temperature
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup milk {I used 2%}
1 teaspoon vanilla extract



Combine the flour, salt, and baking powder into a bowl and set aside.

Mix the butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla together with a electric mixer until smooth.  Gradually add about 1/2 of the flour mixture, then the 1/2 cup of milk, then the remaining flour mixture until everything is mixed together.

Divide dough into quarters, wrap in Saran Wrap and chill for at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Roll out cookie dough on to a floured surface with a rolling pin to 1/4-inch thick. Cut out cookies with your favorite cookie cutters,* place on a lined baking sheet {I use Silpats}* and bake for 6 -7 minutes.  Cool on a wire rack.  Decorate or eat plain.



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