Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Old Fashioned Vanilla Butter Cookies

Over the years, I have learned many things about baking. One thing I know is it is wise to have a few amazing recipes for desserts you can be proud of (that may take more time than usual to prepare) and ideas when you need quick minimal recipes you can make from your pantry with little ingredients and/or a short timeframe. This recipe is one of the latter. Only the basic ingredients are needed and the add-ins can be an assortment of what you have available.

While there are great Chocolate Chip recipes or even Oatmeal Raisin, I use this recipe to step away from the classics and venture into a Vanilla Butter cookie I can mix and match add-ins.

Basic Vanilla Butter Cookies
1 C Butter, room temperature
1 Egg
1/3 C White Sugar
1/3 C Brown Sugar
2 C Flour
1 1/2 Tsp Vanilla
1/2 Tsp Baking Soda

Heat oven to 350 Degrees. Cream together sugars and butter until combined. Add remaining ingredients and mix until smooth. Here is where you can add ingredients of your choosing. (see below for ingredients of cookies pictured)

Drop onto ungreased cookie sheet. (I used a small scoop - about 1 Tbsp. to make small cookies) Cook until golden brown for about 12 minutes.

Cranberry Oatmeal Spice Cookies
3/4 C Dried Cranberries (finely chopped)
3/4 C Old Fashioned Rolled Oatmeal
1/2 Tsp Nutmeg (fresh ground)
1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
1/2 Tsp Ground Cloves
1/2 Tsp Ground Ginger

Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies
3/4 C Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Other Add-in Ideas
Peanut Butter Cookies
Use only 1/2 C Butter and add 1/2 C Chunky Peanut Butter

Oatmeal Raisin
3/4 C Old Fashioned Rolled Oatmeal
3/4 C Raisins
1/2 Tsp Cinnamon


  1. This sounds like a super versatile recipe... I'll def give this a try. Any suggestions for adding a maple flavor???

  2. There are a few great ways you could add maple to these cookies. The easiest idea is to make a Maple Frosting and make sandwich cookies with the original recipe.

    For frosting, Mix together until combined 1 1/2 C Powdered Sugar, 4 oz Cream Cheese Softened, 1/4 C Unsalted Butter, 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup (I use Grade A Medium from NH).

    If you just want the cookies to have a Maple flavor you can replace the Vanilla in the recipe with 1/3 C Maple Syrup. Then a fun idea would be to then roll out the dough and cut with leaf cookie cutter to stick with the Maple theme. I would then sprinkle them with maple sugar (if you have it...I am known to have this shipped with my syrup every few years!!!) If you dont have the sugar they will be good even without it.

    IF you try one of those ideas, let me know how they worked.