2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Garnish: coarse or sanding sugar; or melted chocolate (see cook's note, below)
Sanding sugar is available at specialty foods shops and New York Cake & Baking Distributor (800-942-2639).
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