I’m not much of a baker, but every holiday season I whip up some simple sugar cookies that can be cut into holiday shapes and decorated with the kids. I’ve sampled a number of recipes but this one from Canadian Living is by far the best and the easiest, with no weird or hard-to-find ingredients. Best thing about them is that they take 10 minutes in the oven, another 10 minutes to cool and they’re all ready to decorate.
Line rimless baking sheets with parchment paper or grease; set aside.
In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in egg and vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Stir into butter mixture in 3 additions. Divide in half; flatten into discs. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)
On lightly floured surface, roll out each disc to 1/4-inch (5 mm) thickness. Use holiday cookie cutters to make you favourite shapes – ours are big snowflakes and Christmas trees.