3 cups all purpose flour

1 ½ tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. salt

1 cup butter or margarine, at room temperature

1 ½ cups sugar

1 whole egg

1 egg yolk

2 tsp. vanilla extract

Combine flour, baking powder and salt. In bowl with electric mixer set on medium-high speed, beat butter and sugar until creamy. Beat in egg, egg yolk and vanilla. Reduce speed to low and gradually beat in flour mixture until combined. Roll dough into logs and wrap logs with wax paper. Chill in refrigerator for one hour. Roll out onto lightly floured surface to ¼ inch thickness. Cut into various shapes with cookie cutters. Bake on ungreased cookie sheets, 10-12 minutes at 350. Cool on wire racks.

Chocolate variation: A few simple variations can give you a rich, chocolatey cookie. Prepare dough for basic sugar cookies as directed, but decrease flour to 2 ½ cups and increase flour to 2 cups. Add ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder to the flour mixture.