The Ultimate Vanilla Cookie

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Baking Sweet Hope Vanilla Cookies
The perfect vanilla sugar cookie dough for all your cookie needs. Yes. I said that.
  1. Preheat oven to 365 F. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Beat the butter and sugars together in another bowl. To avoid incorporating air into the dough which increases cookie spread, beat the butter and sugars just until the mixture is thoroughly combined.
  3. Mix in the eggs and vanilla. Add in half the flour mixture and mix just until the flour settles and then add in the remaining flour mixture, beating no longer than it takes to fully incorporate the ingredients.
  4. On a lightly floured surface roll the dough to your desired thickness and then cut your cookie shapes, place them on a parchment lined baking sheet, and slip the sheet onto the middle rack of heated oven. The baking time will vary between 8-15 minutes depending on the thickness and size of the cookies.
Recipe Notes
  • When making vanilla cookies without additional flavorings the vanilla bean paste adds another dimension of vanilla along with adding a nice speckled appearance to the dough.
  • Create an additional flavor component by adding a teaspoon of almond extract or lemon extract. The flavor will be just enough that it adds to the overall flavor without standing out on its own.
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