Crinkle Cookies (with many variations)

2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix flour, baking powder and salt in medium bowl. Set aside. Beat granulated sugar and butter in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in confectioners’ sugar to completely coat. Place 2 inches apart onto greased baking sheets.

Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned and slightly cracked on top. Cool on baking sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

Variations: replace vanilla with rum, coconut, maple, orange, or lemon extract. (May want to use a little food coloring as well.)

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