I make these cookies every year. I sometimes substitute a little confectioner sugar in place of the granulated sugar, not all of it though. I never add the salt. Experiment with thicker cookies. They are harder to bake, but they are easier to handle and they taste good. Don't worry if you overbake a batch of cookies, frosting covers a multitude of sins! Good Luck!


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 T cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp soda


Mix well butter, sugar and eggs. Stir in cream and vanilla. Sift together and stir in dry ingredients. Dough may be died with food coloring. Chill dough 4-5 hours or overnight. Heat oven to 400 F. Roll out dough a little at a time, keeping the rest chilled. Roll to 1/8" thick on well floured, cloth covered board. Cut out cookies. Bake 6-8 minutes or until golden brown (delicately) on ungreased cookie sheet. Let stand a minute before removing. Decorate if desired.

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Submitted 6/13/05.
Source: mom
Submitted By: Kathy
Basic Cookie Dough