In a medium bowl, stir together flour & baking powder. Set aside.
In the mixer bowl, whip the butter & sugar together until fluffy.
Beat in the eggs & vanilla.
Slowly stir in the flour mixture, a third at a time to make the dough. It should be stiff.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to about 1/4" thick & cut your shapes.
Use a thin spatula to transfer your cookies to an ungreased baking sheet.
Bake for 8 minutes or until edges are slightly golden and firmed. Don't over bake, they will firm as they set.
Cool on the pan approx. 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack