Sugar cookies are very easy to make. I would recommend that you make the whole recipe and freeze half. Then you can make them again when you want them in a hurry. The dough thaws out very quickly.
3 cups plain flour (Use a coffee mug if you don't have a measuring cup)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
a pinch of salt
1 cup (8 oz) butter (Don't be tempted to use margarine The butter is what makes them delicious.)
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Grated rind of one lemon
How to make them
Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
Cut in butter until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs.
In another bowl, beat eggs, add sugar and beat thoroughly.
Add vanilla and lemon rind.
Blend egg mixture into the flour mixture.
Chill dough for 1 hour or more.
Roll out to 1/8 inch thickness on a floured board.
Use parchment to line baking sheets.
Cut out shapes and carefully put them on the baking sheets.
Bake 6 - 8 minutes at 190 degrees centigrade until very lightly browned.
Put on a wire rack to cool and dust with icing sugar
Dusted with icing sugar. Yummy.