For Halloween Walk, Lantern Walk, Santa Lucia's Day, or Christmas   (makes ~30 star cookies)

½ C  (1 stick) Butter
 ½ C  Sugar, brown or white
2 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla
 2 tsp Baking Powder
 2½ to 2¾ C  Flour, unbleached or whole wheat or half of each

Cream together: butter and sugar. Beat in: eggs, vanilla and baking powder. Stir in flour gradually. Chill the dough 1-2 hours. 
Preheat oven to 375°F. Roll out dough on a well-floured board, and cut with a star cookie cutter. Bake for 7 - 12 min, until edges are barely browned. 

 –based on The Joy of Cooking