Vanilla Cookies


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. I use this all year round and it never fails me. See Halloween and Easter for more inspo.


  • 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



  1. Preheat oven to 190 (170 fan) and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  2. Using a wooden spoon (or an electric mixer), beat the butter and sugar together until they are light and fluffy.
  3. Add the beaten egg, a little at a time, until all the egg is absorbed in the mixture.
  4. Stir in the vanilla essence
  5. Sieve the flour into the mixture and stir to form a soft dough. Use your hands to bring the crumbs together.
  6. Wrap in clingfilm. Leave to chill in fridge for 30 mins, this makes it easier to roll out
  7. 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.
  8. Bake in the oven for 10 mins or until light golden brown.
  9. Leave to cool for 5 minutes on baking tray after you remove them from the oven before transferring to a wire rack.

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

Happy Baking

De (aka thecakemum)

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