I have to admit, I don’t make cookies very often. I mean, I like cookies, but when it comes to desserts there are bigger players I’m more interested in. The decision to make these was made, however, the moment I decided to make vanilla salt. Salted vanilla cookies, made with salted butter and topped off with just a sprinkle of vanilla salt, have been the cookie that makes me crave cookies.
We spent this past weekend in Virginia with family. On Saturday we attended our niece Meredith’s holiday dance recital. It was amazing partially because Meredith has wildly improved in her tap dancing abilities since last year’s recital and partially because dance recitals are the most hilarious thing ever. It was a pretty awesome way to spend a Saturday.
On Sunday we attended the baptism of our youngest niece, Amelie. It was a beautiful ceremony, completely touching to see. All in all it was a great weekend full of ballerinas, snuggles, and glitter. It was the perfect kick off to Christmas week and made me even more thankful to have nieces and such a loving family.
Me & Amelie (left), Meredith (right)
Salted Vanilla Cookies
Makes 4 dozen cookies (halve recipe for 2 dozen)
1 cup sugar
4 sticks (2 cups) butter, room temperature
3 cups flour
1 tsp vanilla salt (plus more for topping)
2 tsps vanilla extract
In a mixer, cream butter and sugar. Add in eggs, one at a time. Add in vanilla.
Mix until fully incorporated. Add in flour, a little at a time, mixing until it has formed a soft ball. Roll out a sheet of parchment paper. Form the dough into a long tube on the parchment paper. Roll the paper up around the tube and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Take the dough out of the fridge. It should be solid and cold. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat your oven to 350. Slice the cookies 1/2″ thick. Sprinkle (lightly) with vanilla salt. Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool.