1 cup butter, softened 1 cup sugar 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1 teaspoon vanilla 2½-3 cups all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon baking soda
Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, blending well. Blend in vanilla. Sift together the flour, salt, and soda. Stir flour mixture into butter mixture, a little at a time, until a stiff dough forms.
Refrigerate dough for several hours or overnight. When ready to bake, roll out
a little dough at a time on a surface lightly coated with confectioner’s sugar. Cut dough into shapes and place cookies on a greased baking sheet.
If desired, lightly sprinkle cookies with additional granulated sugar. Bake at 350˚ for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
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