These cookies are sweet and buttery. Simple yet so good. Great for the holidays or any time of year. Kids love to help decorate them too.


1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt

For decorating:
Colored sprinkles
Colored sugar
Chocolate sprinkles
Baking cherries
Or your favorite topping

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F before baking.

Cream the butter in a large mixing bowl, gradually add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla.

Combine the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture.

Bake all cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet.

To form the cookies you can do one of the following:

Roll out the chilled dough and cut with cookie cutters. Sprinkle with your desired topping, if desired. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes.

Form dough into logs 2 inches in diameter and slice 1/8 inch thick when chilled. Sprinkle with your desired topping, if desired. Bake for 8 minutes.

Put unchilled dough into a cookie press and press into desired shapes chill shaped cookies before baking. Bake chilled cookies for 8 to 10 minutes.