1Dries: Whisk flour and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
2Base: In a mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Next, add eggs, vanilla and optional flavorings of citrus zest or spices (ie: cardamom).
3Gradually, add dries to base just until incorporated. Chill in refrigerator up to one hour. Roll on lightly floured surface. Cut shapes.
4Bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes or until edges are slightly browned.
5Note: When you cut into a shape, chill in freezer to set. Then, transfer directly to hot oven.
Tip: Once you cut your cookies into your desired shapes, wrap and place in freezer. Then, bake off the next day. Move from freezer to oven and the shapes will retain their integrity during the baking process. This is how you get those perfectly shaped cut-out cookies!