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Salted Vanilla Cookies


Salted Vanilla Cookies

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

2 eggs

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.

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  • Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon

    20.12.2010 at 05:49 Reply

    Elena, just when I had promised myself not to print any more cookie recipes, you post this. Ok, starting tomorrow I won’t print any more cookie recipes.

  • Meister @ The Nervous Cook

    20.12.2010 at 12:06 Reply

    Holy cow, these sound incredible. I love vanilla, and I love salt! Put them together, and maybe that’s what heaven is made of?

  • Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon

    05.01.2011 at 13:20 Reply

    I made these over the NYE holiday and I was on the fence about whether I liked them liked them for about three days. As I’ve been nibbling away on these each night since then, I think yes I do like them like them.

    • elena

      05.01.2011 at 13:46 Reply

      You know, I was hit or miss a little too. I decided I had to be in the right mood for the ones that had more salt, but that I loved the ones that were gently salted A LOT.

      I’m glad you came around to them!

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