Vanilla Sugar Cookies – A Classic Revisited

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I cannot wait until I have my kitchen back. You have no idea…until then I am dreaming of all of the things I will bake once I have a place to do so. As I was looking through the recipes on the blog I found one for a real classic – Vanilla Sugar Cookies. I thought I would revisit it and dream of baking days ahead.

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Vanilla Sugar Cookies

2 1/2  cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg, at room temperature
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
2 tsp PURE VANILLA EXTRACT
1/4 cup vanilla sugar (sugar with vanilla bean casings. If you don’t have vanilla sugar you can use regular sugar but there will a slightly less strong vanilla flavor to the cookies.)

coarse rainbow sugar or other decorative sugar

Preheat oven to 350°
Line two baking sheets with parchment or silicone baking mats.

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt.
In a medium bowl whisk together the oil and egg.

In the bowl of your stand mixer cream the butter, sugars and vanilla extract on med-high until fluffy and light in color – about two minutes. Reduce the speed to low and gradually add the oil/egg mixture until smooth. Slowly add the dry ingredients until just incorporated.

The dough will be soft.

Roll the dough into balls or use a small scoop. (I also rolled them in the vanilla sugar before I put them on the baking sheet.)

flatten with a glass

Place on baking sheet 2″ apart. Flatten with a glass.

sprinkle with sugar

Sprinkle with decorative sugar. Oooh, pretty!

Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes, rotating the sheets about halfway through. You want to pull them out just as they begin to brown at the edges.

Let them sit on the cookie sheets for 2 minutes before removing them to a cooling rack.
Makes 4 dozen using a small scoop.

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How Were the Vanilla Sugar Cookies?

Truly yummy cookies! Crunchy, crumbly with a true vanilla flavor. This cookie is going to be all about the vanilla so be sure to use a quality PURE vanilla extract. They are perfect with a glass of milk.

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