A really nice dough for shaped cookies with a buttery, vanilla flavor: Vanilla Cut Out Cookies
The outer edges of these cookies are crunchy, and the insides are softer. They are buttery and slightly sweet.
Yield: 5 dozen cookies (depending on size of cutters)
Prep Time: 30 minutes + chill time
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Vanilla Cut Out Cookies
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter (no substitutes)
- 1 cup granulated white sugar
- 2/3 cup light corn syrup
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 large egg, beaten
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
- Combine the butter, sugar, and corn syrup in a small saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Pour into a large mixing bowl. Stir in the vanilla. Cool for 20 minutes. Add the egg; mix well.
- Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture; stir until combined. Divide the dough in half and wrap each half in plastic wrap. Chill at least 2 hours. (If the dough chills overnight, let it stand for 5 to 10 minutes at room temperature before rolling).
- Roll each portion on a lightly floured surface until 1/8-inch-thick. Cut into desired shapes with floured cookie cutters or a sharp knife. Place the cutouts 1-inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake in a 375° oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute. Transfer the cookies to wire racks and cool completely.
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