Vanilla Sugar Cookies

Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Rose Nguyen

Yield: Makes about 3 dozen (3-inch) cookies or 12 (4 1/2-inch) cookies
Recipe from Southern Living

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Recipe Time

Prep Time:
Chill: 10 Minutes
Cool: 35 Minutes


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

Preparation

  1. 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. 2. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating just until blended.
  3. 3. Divide dough into 2 equal portions; flatten each portion into a disk. Cover and chill 10 minutes.
  4. 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. 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.
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