Mix butter mixture well. Let sit, covered at room temp 1 hour for sugar to better dissolve. Add sifted, dry ingredients to mixer, beat just until you have a smooth, solid- colored dough. Divide in half. Wrap each half with plastic wrap & refrigerate one hour. Remove one of the halves and roll on floured surface to 1/4" thick. Have oven preheated to 350^. Here's the fun~ cut out with Gingerbread Man cutter. Bake on parchment or silpat. Chill about 10 minutes then place on middle of oven for 10-12 minutes. Refrigerate scraps to reroll. Cool on racks
To Decorate, turn upside down and voila! reindeer. Decorate with colored Royal Icing Have eye dots going in different directions. When icing is set, put on pretty plate to display adorably.