Butter Cookies

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  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Dash salt
  • Scant 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Additional sugar for coating hands


  1. Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. Add salt. Gradually add flour, blending it in to make a stiff, smooth dough. Stir in vanilla extract.
  2. Form dough into 8 balls; place balls far apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Place some sugar on a saucer. Press palm of hand into sugar, then use palm to flatten each ball of dough to a 3-inch circle, 1/4 inch thick.
  3. Bake in a 350 degree F oven 12 to 15 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  4. Leave on baking sheet 5 minutes, then loosen with spatula and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Yield: 8 cookies

Posted by kdipaolo at Recipe Goldmine May 15, 2001.