Monday, March 31, 2008

Vanilla Cookies

My Mother gave me this recipe and told me it was "good to have when you want something sweet." It makes a small batch, so feel free to double the recipe. They're delicate and thin, but also chewy, buttery, sweet, and delicious!

1 1/3 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 egg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. Drop 1 tablespoon at a time onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden around the edges. Cool on wire rack.

Since vanilla is the key flavor here, do NOT under any circumstances use imitation vanilla flavoring. Yes, it's cheaper. Yes, pure vanilla extract is really expensive. But if you want a vanilla cookie, use real vanilla! I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin'. Anyway....
I always line the cookie sheet with parchment paper whenever I bake cookies. It makes for perfect cookies and makes cleanup easier. I like a chewy cookie so I always under bake them slightly. If you prefer a crunchier cookie, leave them in the oven for slightly longer.
Feel free to add a teaspoon of another flavoring to go with the vanilla extract. I like to try a different flavor each time I make it, just for the fun of variety. Try coconut, lemon, orange, or rum extracts.

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