*1 1/2 cups butter, softened
*2 cups white sugar
*1 teaspoon vanilla extract
*5 cups all-purpose flour
*2 teaspoons baking powder
*1 teaspoon salt
~In a large bowl, combine butter & sugar until smooth.
~Beat in eggs, on at a time.
~Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt.
~Cover, and chill dough for a least 1 hour or overnight.
~Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
~Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 - 1/2 inch thick.
~Cut into shapes with floured cookie cutters.
~Place cookies 1 inch apart on a ungreased cookie sheet.
~Bake 6-8 minutes.
~Cool completely, before decorating.