These Vanilla Cookies are easy to make and the dough can be frozen. The dough does not spread when cooked so are perfect for making shaped cookies using cookie cutters.
- 100 g butter at room temp ( I use unsalted)
- 100 g castor sugar
- 1 beaten egg (I use large)
- 275 g Plain Flour
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 100 g white chocolate to decorate (optional)
- Preheat oven to 190 (170 fan) and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
- Using a wooden spoon (or an electric mixer), beat the butter and sugar together until they are light and fluffy.
- Add the beaten egg, a little at a time, until all the egg is absorbed in the mixture.
- Stir in the vanilla essence
- Sieve the flour into the mixture and stir to form a soft dough. Use your hands to bring the crumbs together.
- Wrap in clingfilm. Leave to chill in fridge for 30 mins, this makes it easier to roll out
- Place dough on floured surface and roll out until it is 1cm thick, use a heart shaped cookie cutter, cut out the dough and place on lined tray. You can re-roll the unused dough to create more cookies.
- Bake in the oven for 10 mins or until light golden brown.
- Leave to cool for 5 minutes on baking tray after you remove them from the oven before transferring to a wire rack.
- Optional – melt the white chocolate in the microwave. Stir after each 30 second burst, to avoid it burning.
- Dip half the cookie in the melted chocolate. Shake off excess and leave to set on a greaseproof paper. Scatter on some sprinkles before chocolate sets, if you like the effect below.
Some @thecakemum observations/tips:
- I often freeze half the dough in a plastic bag. I then defrost it in the fridge overnight and bake as above – a handy treat to have in the freezer
- To make the pattern on the hearts – simply use a fork to go around the outside of the cookie before you bake them.
- I got the heart shaped sprinkles last year in Lidl but any sprinkles would work
- Heart shaped cookie cutters are a good investment. Mine are years old, but I saw some in TKMaxx the other day.