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Basic Cookie Dough and Vanilla Cookie Recipe

Prep Time10 mins


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour


Basic Cookie Dough

  • In a large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer until fluffy.
  • Add sugar and salt and beat until well combined and fluffy.
  • Beat in the egg and vanilla until mixed well.
  • Gradually add the flour and beat until well combined.
  • Follow the steps for your cookie variations or store for later use

Vanilla Cookie Recipe

  • Follow the steps above for the basic cookie dough. After you've combined your flour and beat until well combined, roll the dough into balls and place on prepared baking sheet.
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and allow to preheat as you're preparing your cookies.
  • Place in a 8x8 pan and lightly press as you place your dough evenly. If you'd like your cookies to be circles, make balls out of the cookie dough. Then lightly press down each cookie ball using a flat bottom glass dipped in water. Sprinkle lightly with sugar if desired.
  • Bake for 8 - 10 minutes or until edges are set and slightly golden brown.
  • Move cookies to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.