What you need
3 to 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter (at room temperature)
3/4 cup sugar
1 large or extra large egg (at room temperature)
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. white vinegar*
Optional: 1-2 Tbsp. water (if the dough seems too crumbly)
*Vinegar?! In a cookie?! Yes. I find that it makes the cookies a little flakier, and you don't taste it. Plus, adding a little vinegar when you're going to be coating them with sweet, sweetness, balances the flavor, in my opinion.
Please remember that if you skip the vinegar, you need to add in an extra teaspoon or so of water. It will be too dry if you do not.
In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, salt and baking powder.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes on medium speed).
Place shapes on parchment paper or a Silpat mat on your cookie sheet to help them bake evenly.
Place sheet of cut-out cookies into the freezer for 15 minutes. Then place them into the preheated oven.
Bake for 8-12 minutes (depending on the size of your cookies), or until edges are slightly browned, and centers are getting golden.
Yield: 2-3 dozen cut-out cookies.
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