Happy cooking, happy eating

Vanilla butter cookies

on September 11, 2013

2013-09-10 22.02.31


It’s the Great British Bake-off season these days and I have been inkling to put my baking hat back on and give some well deserved love to my recently lonely oven. So, I sacrificed my 1 hour of TV time last night and managed to create my best cookies yet. All thanks to Martha Stewart!






  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 225g unsalted butter (softened) – omit salt if you’re using salted butter
  • 1 cup sugar (I used 2/3 cup and was just as good)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (you can use vanilla beans or maple syrup, tastes just as good)


  1. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Beat butter and granulated sugar with a mixer on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture, and beat until combined (or you can mix and knead the dough by hand, it just as good).
  2. Flour a clean worktop surface or a large chopping board and roll out the dough until it’s 0.5in thick and cut out your cookies in your favourite shape.
  3. Line a large baking tray with baking paper and place the cut out cookies on the baking tray approximately 1 inch apart.
  4. Pop your cookies in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes. In the meantime, pre-heat your oven to 160 degrees (fan assisted).
  5. Put the cookies in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Once done, let the cookies cool on a wire-rack or just leave your baking tray out until the cookies are completely cooled.
  7. Sprinkle with icing sugar or decorate with royal icing and enjoy! 🙂



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