Vanilla Sugar Cookies

Southern Living
Vanilla Sugar CookiesRecipe
Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Rose Nguyen

Makes about 3 dozen (3-inch) cookies or 12 (4 1/2-inch) cookies


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1 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt


Prep: 1 Hours
Chill: 10 Minutes
Bake: 15 Minutes
Cool: 35 Minutes

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Beat butter, vanilla, and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add egg, beating until blended.

2. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating just until blended.

3. Divide dough into 2 equal portions; flatten each portion into a disk. Cover and chill 10 minutes.

4. Place 1 portion of dough on a lightly floured surface, and roll to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with a 3- or 4 1/2-inch butterfly-shaped cutter. Place cookies 2 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheets. Repeat procedure with remaining dough portion.

5. Bake, in batches, at 350° for 10 to 12 minutes (for 3-inch cookies) and 15 to 17 minutes (for 4 1/2-inch cookies) or until edges are lightly browned. Let cool on baking sheets 5 minutes; remove to wire racks, and let cool 30 minutes or until completely cool. Decorate baked cookies as desired.

Created date

April 2009