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Vanilla Sugar Cookies

Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Rose Nguyen
Prep time 1 hr
Chill time 10 mins
Bake time 15 mins
Cool time 35 mins
Yield

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

Ingredients

  • 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

How to Make It

  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.