imperial holiday cookies

1 cup Imperial margarine
1 cup sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 egg
1 teaspoon water
3 cups flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Thoroughly cream margarine, 1 cup sugar and vanilla. Add egg and water, beat until light and fluffy. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; blend into creamed mixture. Divide dough in half; chill 1 hour. On lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8″ thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Brush lightly with milk. Sprinkle with colored sugar, candy decorettes or chopped nuts. Bake on greased cookie sheet at 375 for 6-8 minutes. Cool slightly; remove from pan. If desired, bake cookies plain, then frost when cool. Makes about 6 dozen.

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