Aunt May's Butter Cookies

These are also known as Grandma Claire's cookies. She made them famous for us. We have learned that you should use good butter for this recipe. Sometimes some of the store brands have ruined the recipe.

Cream 1 lb. butter (very soft)
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons of vanilla
Sift 5 cups of flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in eggs and extracts. Gradually beat flour and baking powder into creamed mixture.

Using a cookie press fitted with a disk of your choice, press dough 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake until set, 6-8 minutes (do not brown). Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

If desired, dip in melted chocolate and let stand until set or, in a small bowl, mix remaining 1 cup confectioners' sugar and enough water to reach desired consistency. Dip cookies in glaze; decorate as desired. Let stand until set.