This is the easiest and the best. Dense but light, with a perfect, not overpowering, sweetness. This recipe is lifted from Irena Chalmer's Christmas Cookies & Candies, with its nostalgic cover of a snow-frosted village. Voted favorite Christmas cookie by both my mother and son.
Beat 1 cup soft butter until creamy. Beat in 1/2 cup sugar. Sift in 2 cups flour, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp baking powder. On a cookie sheet flatten the dough into a rectangle, around half an inch thick. Lightly mark to creat 1" x 2" bars. Sprinkle with two tblsp more of sugar or sprinkles. Bake 15 minutes in 350 degree oven until lightly browned, cool completely to store in an airtight container, provided you can keep friends and family members away from them long enough.
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