This is my mom's sugar cookie recipe, and since it is so yummy I have never tried making them any other way.
2/3 cup butter or shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
2-3 Tbsp. milk
Cream butter and sugar together and beat. Mix in vanilla. Add dry ingredients and mix. Add milk and mix.
Chill dough 2 -3 hours (I sometimes skip this step if I don't have time).
Roll to 1/2 inch thich and use cookie cutters to make desired shapes. Bake at 350 degress for 8-10 minutes.