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Mandy's Holy Grail Sugar Cookies

Stolen from Amanda Redfern

  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour, sifted
  • Simple Icing (see recipe in desserts)

  1. Beat butter, sugar, and salt at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy. Add vanilla; beat until well blended. Gradually add flour, beating at low speed until blended. Dough will be very soft.
  2. Divide dough into 2 equal portions; wrap each with plastic wrap, and flatten into a disc. Chill 2 to 24 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Unwrap 1 dough disc on a well floured surface. Cover with a large piece of plastic wrap, and roll to 1/4-inch thickness; cut into desired shapes with 3 1/2 inch cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Chill 15 minutes. Repeat procedure with remaining disc.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 14 to 17 minutes or just until edges are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 5 minutes. Transfer to wire racks and let cool completely (about 30 minutes). Decorate cookies with Simple Icing. Let stand 1 hour or until icing is firm.

Makes about 2 dozen (3 1/2 inch cookies). This five-ingredient dough can be made up to three days ahead.