These are large, oversized vanilla sugar cookies which are similar to the ones we could get at the bakery when I was a child.
OLD FASHIONED SUGAR COOKIES
Cream together 1 cup butter and 2 cups sugar. Blend in 2 eggs, 4 cups flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 4 teaspoons baking power. Chill dough, then roll out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out with a one pound coffee can which has been dipped in flour to prevent sticking. Bake at 375 degrees F for 8 to 10 minutes. The cookies should not be too brown! Yields about 3 dozen cookies.