I got this cookie recipe from the back of a Great Value bag of sugar (crazy!) and I've used it since college. It works great with all cookie cutter shapes and tastes delish! I make my cookies a little thicker, so this recipe makes about 24 cookies for me.
In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar and butter and beat until creamy.
Next, add milk, egg and vanilla to the mixing bowl & blend.
In a separate large bowl, combine flour, baking powder & salt & mix with a fork until blended.
With the mixing bowl going at the lowest speed, gradually add the dry mix to the wet ingredients until a thick dough forms.
Once the thick dough forms, separate into two balls / flatten into discs on plastic wrap. Chill for about 1 hour to help the dough become a little more firm which is easier for cutting out cookies!
Once cookie dough is slightly chilled, roll out on a well-floured surface. I roll mine out until they're between 1/4 - 1/2 inch thick (I prefer thicker cookies!).
Place on a baking sheet & bake in an oven, preheated to 400 degrees.
Bake cookies approximately 8 - 10 minutes, before they turn golden. Let sit for a few seconds on the sheet, then move to a cooling rack to fully cool before icing.