Wednesday, December 01, 2010

The Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies - the Basic Butter Cookie

The Cookie Queen (left) as a Young Woman at Yosemite
My mother, who had a voracious sweet tooth,  reigned as the Cookie Queen.  In her honor I am posting 12 toothsome cookie recipes for the holidays.  Most are hers, and one is from her childhood friend.  Let's start with a basic butter cookie, the simplest recipe which melts in your mouth.

Butter Cookies

2 sticks butter (I always use unsalted)
¾ cup sugar
½ teaspoon vinegar
½ teaspoon soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ½ cups flour

Cream together the sugar and butter.  Add the other ingredients and mix.  Drop by teaspoonfuls on a cookie sheet and bake for twenty minutes at 300 degrees F.

Chopped nuts (pecans would be good) can be added if you like. 

What could be easier than this?  

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