As promised below... Sugar Cookies
Cream 1/2 c butter until light & fluffy.
Beat in 3/4 c sugar.
Add 1 egg or 2 egg yolks
and 1/2 tsp vanilla.
Add 1 Tbs cream or milk.
1 1/4 c flour (actually takes more than this, according to mom),
1/4 tsp baking powder,
and 1/4 tsp salt.
Stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture and blend well.
Refrigerate for several hours or overnight before rolling out. When ready to bake, pre-heat oven to 375 F. When rolling out, the dough will be really sticky and needs to be handled lightly and kept in the refrigerator when not in use. Bake for about 8-10 minutes at 375 F. Check cookies frequently, as baking time will vary depending on the thickness of the cookies.
Cookies can be beautifully decorated with dyed sugar, cinnamon hearts, sprinkles, and dragees (the little silver cake decorations) - check the baking needs section of the supermarket. Or a simple glaze can be made from confectioners' sugar & milk. For lemon glaze, use lemon juice and a little lemon zest instead of milk, for orange glaze, use orange juice and a little orange zest.
Making the dough takes probably 10-20 minutes. It needs to be chilled for several hours, but you don't have to sit and watch it during that time. Making the cookies themselves can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. My mom used to triple the recipe and make a second kind of dough, as well, and we'd spend an entire afternoon making hundreds and hundreds of cookies. This year, she at least doubled, maybe tripled the recipe, but just this kind of dough, and I made all the cookies. It took me maybe two hours all by myself.