The Stock Pot: Fundamental Recipes – Butter Cookies
Well, I didn’t think it could happen. Not in a million. In fact, neither did my husband. But it did. After almost 17 years as Adam’s Reigning Cookie Champion, his all-time favorite, Walnut Cream Cheese Cookies (from our first cookbook!), has been dethroned. And these are what did it. This is another one of my Fundamental Recipes, one that can pull double-duty and morph into so many incredible desserts. It’s one to slide in your back pocket and pull out for all sorts of fabulous treats. But, with their buttery, chewy yet crispy, vanilla-infused goodness, they’re absolutely perfect completely unadorned, still warm from the oven, with a cup of coffee or a cold glass of milk.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1-3/4 cups sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon almond extract
- 1 large egg yolk
- In a bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes, occasionally scraping down the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add in the extracts and egg yolk and mix until fully incorporated.
- With the mixer on low, slowly add in the flour mixture until the a moist dough forms.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface; pat into a flat disk, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 1 hour.
- When ready to bake, bring the dough to cool room temperature. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a few baking sheets with parchment paper. Working with a quarter of the dough at a time (return the rest to the fridge), roll the dough to an ⅛-inch thickness on a lightly floured piece of parchment paper. Cut out as many cookies as you can with a cookie cutter. Gather and re-roll scraps; cut out more cookies. Place the cookies on a prepared baking sheet, spacing them 1-inch apart.
- Bake until the cookies are golden, about 10 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool for several minutes in the pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
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