2 1/2 cups flour
8 ounces butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Blend butter and all sugar together in a bowl until creamy. Add egg and vanilla and mix well. Mix in flour and baking soda.
Make one inch round balls out of dough, and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for about eight minutes, and let stand for a few minutes before removing from cookie sheet.
If you would like to decorate the cookies or add a design on top (maybe red and green colored sugar for Christmas?), flatten out the dough balls a bit before baking (using the bottom of a bowl or cup, gently press down on dough balls until cookie shaped), decorate, then bake as above.
These are easy and fun to make with small children, who also love to lick the batter and decorate the cookies.