Cut Out Sugar Cookies for Holidays

Cut Out Cookies
1/2 cup of softened butter, and 1/4 cup of softened margarine
1 cup of sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
(can be doubled for Christmas time)

In large bowl, beat butter/margarine and 1 cup of sugar till creamy.  Beat in eggs and vanilla.  Add dry ingredients, mix well.  Roll up in a dough ball, and refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 3 days.  On a floured surface, roll out dough, cut out with cookie cutters, and place placed apart on ungreased baking sheets.  Bake in a 400 degree oven (preheat) and cook 8-10 minutes.  The insulated baking sheets usually take a little longer - 10 minutes.  Cool one minute on sheet, then transfer to wire racks.  Frost and decorate when cool. Makes about 4 dozen small shapes. Don't forget to make a sugar cookie pretzel with the end of the dough! My favorite part!