There is nothing like a good chewy cutout cookie! I have not made cutout cookies since I was a child. I remember them being a lot of work but this year I found them relatively easy to make. I do not know if it was this recipe or that I am older and have more patience when it comes to baking. It was fun to decorate them and they look nice next to my ceramic penguins and tree that I painted. Plus they are great to eat!
3 1/2 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup margarine, softened
1 cups white sugar
½ cup Dark Brown Sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla (I make my own with Rum and a vanilla bean)
Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together, set aside. In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, and then stir in the vanilla. Gradually blend in the sifted ingredients. Cover dough, and chill for a couple of hours. I like to chill my dough overnight.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line baking pans with parchment paper. On a clean floured surface roll out small portions of the chilled dough to about 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out shapes using cookie cutters.
Bake 5 to 7 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are barely brown. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks and decorate with Royal Icing and holiday sprinkles if so desired. They also store nicely without any icing until you need them.