The Vanilla Variation
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon orange (or almond) extract
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
4 (or 4 1/2 cups) flour
Cream butter and sugar together.
Add eggs, vanilla, and orange extract. Mix well.
Add baking powder and salt and mix again.
Add flour 1 cup at a time. Again, IF YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE THESE COOKIES RIGHT AWAY, add 4 1/2 cups flour and go for it. No need to chill the dough. If you are not going to use the dough immediately-- stop at 4 cups of flour.
Roll out on a lightly floured surface to 3/8 inch (0.9cm) thick. Bake at 190 degrees Celsius for 7 minutes. Eat and enjoy. Repeat as necessary.