Family Favorites...Soft Vanilla Cookies

Filled with preserves
 When I want to bake cookies I often turn to Fine Cooking Holiday Edition,  2012 for a recipe. I always have very good luck with their cookie recipes. These are simple to make and very tasty.
What I found amazing was that dropping them from a cookie scoop they turned into prefect circles looking like I had rolled and cut them out. 
Just plain to eat with your cup of coffee
  We ate some with apricot jelly in-between as they suggest, using your favorite jelly or jam, and I left some just plain. If you put sugar on them, do it after they come out of the oven and before they are completely cool. They do however make a small amount of cookies and I kept the dough refrigerated as I was baking them as they have quite a bit of butter in the dough and it was warm in our kitchen.
  Lyle said he would recommend them and Bettie’s daughter thought they were good also.
Soft Vanilla Cookies
6 ¾ ounces (1 ½ cups) all purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking powder
6 ounces (¾ cup) butter at room temperature
1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
Seeds scraped from 1 vanilla bean, or 1 ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
  Heat oven to 375°. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. 
  In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, salt, and baking powder until well blended. In another medium bowl, beat the butter on medium-high with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the sugar and vanilla and continue beating until well combined, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs and beat until well blended about 1 minute longer. Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed until just blended.
  If your kitchen is warm, keep dough in the refrigerator when you are not using it.
  Using a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop or 2 tablespoons arrange the dough in mounds about 3 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Bake until the edges are golden brown about 9 to 14 minutes. Nine minutes worked just right in my oven. Let cookies set on pans for 5 minutes before removing to rack to cool. Sprinkle with sugar when just barely warm if desired.
 They can be put together with your favorite fruit preserves or eaten just as one cookie. 
 Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days or freeze for up to a month.


  1. These are exactly the type of cookie I love. I guess I'm the only person on the planet who hates chocolate chip cookies. Happy weekend.

    1. You are not alone! lol
      We don't like chocolate chip cookies either and I rarely make them

  2. How do I print your recipes? I con not find a print button.

    1. The best way I have found is to copy and paste it into your word program. Otherwise you should be able to just tell your computer or tablet to print and limit it to that page only. Hope this works for you.

    2. I highlight the recipe...if I right-click, I can choose print and print the recipe. That's on a windows computer.

    3. Yes, forgot that mine is a Mac so it might print differently than a Windows program.


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