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5 from 13 votes

Simple Vanilla Cookies

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Author: Suzanne Cowden

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter softened but still cool
  • 1 ¾ cups granulated sugar plus extra for flattening cookies if needed
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ¾ cups unbleached all-purpose flour

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease or line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, mix the butter with a wooden spoon until it is light and fluffy. Add 1 cup of sugar and mix until well combined. Add remaining sugar and mix well.
  • Add the egg, vanilla, and salt; mix to combine. Add flour in three additions, mixing until the flour is just incorporated after each addition. The mixture should be loose and crumbly.
  • Using your hands, press the dough against the bottom and sides of the bowl to bring it together into one cohesive mass.
  • Shape dough into 1 1/2-inch balls (about 1 tablespoon each) and place them about 1-inch apart on prepared baking sheets. Using the bottom of a glass or the tines of a fork, flatten the cookies gently. If the dough sticks to the glass or fork as you work, dip it in granulated sugar between cookies.
  • Bake until the cookies’ edges just begin to brown, about 10 to 12 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.