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vanilla sugar cookies 1_web

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When sometimes all you want is a cookie, this one is the perfect cookie in my book. It has just the right amount of sweetness, without being over the top and cloying to the palette. You can have these with an ice cold glass of milk, just like when you were a kid. Something I’ve never stopped being, or with a warm cup of tea or coffee as I did, the first time I made these. These are also the perfect accompaniment to your favorite ice cream or semifreddo. I made these specifically for those nights when all you really need is a cookie and nothing more. But if you crave a bowl of semifreddo and need that crunch, then these are it. Enjoy this recipe as it is easy as pie to make and you can enjoy making these with the kids.


1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp baking soda

3/4 cup sugar plus 1/2 cup for rolling dough

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 stick of butter (softened)

1 lg egg


Allow the butter to come up to room temperature (temper), or slowly soften over a ban marie. Once softened in a large bowl add the butter the salt and the sugar and blend with a whisk or rubber spatula for at least 3 minutes till well combined. Add the 1 egg and the vanilla extract and whisk in blending thoroughly. Add the flour and whisk well to incorporate all the ingredients well. Once well combined, place the bowl into the refrigerator to chill the dough for at least 30 minutes before rolling into cookies. Once chilled, place the remaining sugar into a small bowl and set aside. Using a small ice cream scoop or table spoon, scoop a small amount of the dough and place the dough into the palm of your hand and roll small dough balls. Once formed, place the small rounds into the remaining sugar and roll the dough in the sugar to thoroughly coat the outside of the cookie dough. Place the coated cookie balls onto a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Place the cookies into a 350 degree oven, and bake until golden brown just around the edges of the cookies, about 12 minutes. Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool on the sheet before removing for at least 5 minutes. Place them onto a plate and allow to cool or eat them fresh. They are amazing and simple and you’ll agree once you’ve tried these. Enjoy!