This is what I call a sugar cookie… although great for building arm strength, hand mixing sometimes gives you a surprise like this.
2 cups flour
1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1 cup sugar
1 stick of unsalted butter
1 large egg
1 T vanilla
In a large bowl cream softened butter and sugar together. Beat in an egg and vanilla. Move mixture to side of bowl and on other side add flour, powder, and salt. Mix the dry together before mixing with wet ingredients. Slowly mix all ingredients together, adding a bit of flour mixture to wet with each swipe***. Put dough on wax paper and roll into log. Cover in plastic wrap, foil, or place in a gallon bag and put in fridge or freezer until use. When ready to use, cut into disks or let it soften more and roll out to use cookie cutters. Bake at 325 degrees for 5 minutes. Dough will not spread or rise in oven, and you do not want them to get too brown.
***This is what I call the hand mix method in one bowl.. because I do not like to use two bowls for dry & wet. It has always worked well for me in any cookie making recipe. Obviously you don’t have to do it this way!
You can also add things like dried cranberries, chocolate chunks, nuts, white chocolate chips, etc before rolling and placing in the fridge.