This is a recipe I learned in culinary school with a few small modifications. Sugar cookies are probably one of the easiest things to make and because you can roll the dough out and form it into any shape they lend themselves to any occasion. Enjoy!
1c butter (2 sticks), softened
2 1/2c all purpose flour
2t vanilla extract
1)Combine butter and sugar until smoothe.
2)Add flour and vanilla and knead on a floured surface until the texture is uniform.
3)Chill in the fridge for at least an hour.
4)Preheat oven 350 degrees.
5)Knead the dough some more to soften and roll it out to 1/2 inch thick on a floured surface.
6)Use cookie cutters or free hand your shapes.
7)Place your cookies on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and bake for 20-25 minutes.
8)Cool for at least 15 minutes.
Makes approximately a dozen 3 inch cookies.
You can use a lot of different things to decorate. I added food coloring during step 2 and drizzled melted chocolate on top after step 8. You can use icing, sprinkles, colored sugar (add this right before step 7) and more.
To change to flavor of your cookies you can substitute the vanilla for another extract such as lemon or almond extract.
If anything is unclear please feel free to ask questions!
Did you try this recipe? Post your pix or variations!