Beat softened butter. If butter is still a little too hard, beat until softened. Add dry ingredients and beat until a fluffy consistency. I beat it using the paddle attachment on the KitchenAid mixer for approximately five minutes. Mixture should resemble (and smell, yum) like vanilla ice cream.
Drop cookies onto baking sheet and press with fork. Bake for 12-13 minutes.
If desired decorate with sprinkles, cherries, etc.