1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 1/2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover and refrigerate dough for at least one hour.
Preheat oven to 400*. Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Use cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven.