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Butter Cookies
Ingredients:

12 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
34 teaspoon vanilla
1 12 cups sifted flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
14 teaspoon salt

Instruction:

Cream butter; add sugar gradually; cream thoroughly. Add egg, beat well. Stir in vanilla. Mix and sift flour, baking powder and salt. Add to first mixture; stir until blended. Chill 1/2 hour. Roll out dough on floured board to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut in various shapes with floured cookie cutters. Bake on cookie sheet in moderately hot oven, 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Variations: Use same basic dough with the following changes:. CHOCOLATE: Melt and cool 1 1/2 squares unsweetened chocolate and add to creamed mixture and blend well. LEMON: Substitute 1 1/2 tablespoons grated lemon rind and 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice for vanilla. NUTTY BUTTERSCOTCH: Sustitute 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar for granulated sugar. Add 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts to dry ingredients. COCONUT: Substitute 1 teaspoons almond extract for vanilla. Add 1/2 cup finely chopped coconut to dry ingredients.

Source: www.food.com