Thursday, December 18, 2014

Ridiculously Delicious Vanilla Cookies #ChristmasWeek

Welcome to Day Four of Christmas Week. This event is hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen. We hope to inspire you to break out those holiday sprinkles and get your bake on!

Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh. If you like vanilla, THESE are the cookies you absolutely MUST make.

These cookies really show off the vanilla, along with a rich buttery flavor and just enough sweetness. When they’re first baked, they’re crisp on the outside and a little chewy in the center. After a day or two, they become crisp throughout.

They're crazy good.

Crazy nutso, you-must-try-them good.

I knew I was headed in the right direction when I made these, but I didn't realize how good they were until I bit into the first one. And the second one. And then pretty soon they were all gone.

Vanilla Cookies
Makes 4 dozen cookies

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Heat the oven to 375 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to combine.

In another medium mixing bowl using an electric mixer, or in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until it's light and fluffy.

Add the egg and beat until combined. Add the vanilla and beat until combined.

Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until well combined.

Portion the dough into teaspoon-sized balls (a small disher works well for this) onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving room for them to spread. You don't need to flatten them - just scoop and go. You should be able to get 24 cookies onto each pan, but if you're worried about space, leave more room and bake more batches.

Bake at 375 degrees until the cookies are lightly browned around the edges, 8 - 12 minutes. Transfer to racks to cool completely.

 More about CHRISTMAS WEEK!!!

Swing by all the participants to see what they've been whipping up for the holidays:

Thanks to our sponsors for Christmas Week. Anolon is donating a 5-piece Bakeware Set. Swing by their Facebook Page to show them some love. We also have Ball supplying us with 4 sets of Jars in their gorgeous Green Heritage Color. Swing by their Ball Canning and Recipes Facebook Page to say hello.

Giveaway Prizes include:
More details on the prizes!
One lucky winner (US only) gets ALL of this!
Plus 1 Copy of each of these cookbooks:
Giveaway is OVER.

I was not provided product or incentive for participating in this event.