The base for those beautiful iced cookies. I like to create shapes and while still quite hot poke two holes in the cookie with a straw - then when cooled I thread a ribbon through the holes and send them for kiddushim as teddybears with corresponding ribbons, or square tefillin for barmitzvahs, engagements, upshering, ...
Keep a stash of all different shapes frozen - and add the right decor as the simchas come
The dough also freezes very well
2 cup margarine
1½ cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
2 Tbsp vanilla sugar
5-6 cup flour
Beat margarine with sugar - WELL. (I find this to improves all cookies)
Add remaining ingredients.
For chocolate cookies substitute some flour with cocoa
(I will do this expecially when I know I wont be prompt with taking them out of the oven)
Optional: puncture holes for ribbon as soon as removed from oven
Optional: Cover with a mixture of icing-sugar mixed with a bit of egg-white and desired coloring - When this dries the cookies look beautiful