Source: Mitzi H.
There is so many different variations of the "classic" sugar cookie recipe. I've tried a few, and my family really likes this one from Grandma Mitzi.
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
5 cups flour
2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar
Mix together butter, eggs, sugar, and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, and powder. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix well. Cover; chill dough at least one hour.
Heat oven to 400°. Roll dough 1/8 inch thick on lightly floured counter. Cut into desired shapes. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until just starting to brown.
In another bowl; cream the cream cheese in a bowl. Add butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar; mix well. Add food coloring for holiday cookies; mix well.
Makes about 8 dozen 3 inch cookies.