Basic Butter Cookies

Recipe by Brisket in Roses
READY IN: 4hrs 30mins
YIELD: 48 cookies




  • Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl.
  • Beat together butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes in a standing mixer (preferably fitted with paddle attachment).
  • Beat in egg and vanilla.
  • Reduce speed to low, then add flour mixture and mix until just combined.
  • Form dough into a 12-inch log (2 inches in diameter) on a sheet of plastic wrap and roll up dough in plastic wrap.
  • Chill dough on a baking sheet until firm, at least 4 hours.
  • Put oven racks in upper and lower thirds of oven and preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Cut the dough into rounds (1/8 to 1/4 depending on preference) and place on cookie sheet about 1 inch apart.
  • If garnishing with coarse sugar, sprinkle slices with it.
  • Bake cookies, switching position of sheets halfway through baking, until edges are golden, 12 to 15 minutes total.
  • Cool on sheets 3 minutes, then transfer with a metal spatula to racks to cool completely.