Vanilla Dream Cookies
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Serves: Almost 3 Dozen
  • 2 to 3 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • ½ Teaspoon Baker's Ammonia or 1½ Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • ¾ to 1 Teaspoon Salt*
  • 1¼ Cups Sugar
  • 1 Cup Unsalted Butter
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • Coarse or granulated sugar for topping, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Combine the vanilla, baker's ammonia, and salt in a very small bowl. Stir to dissolve the ammonia; the salt won't fully dissolve. Combine the vanilla mixture with the butter and sugar, and beat till smooth.
  3. Mix in the flour; the mixture will seem quite dry at first.
  4. Continue beating until the dough comes together.
  5. Break off pieces of dough about the size of a shelled chestnut (about ½ ounce); a teaspoon cookie scoop works well here. Roll the pieces into balls. Space them no the prepared baking sheets, leaving 1½" between them.
  6. For somewhat sweeter cookies with the added crunch of sugar topping, roll them in coarse or granulated sugar before placing them on the baking sheets.
  7. Use the bottom of a glass, dipped in sugar if necessary to prevent sticking, to flatten the balls to about ⅜" thick. If you have it, use the end of the food pusher from a food processor; many of these have a circular, ridged pattern on their end, which imprints the cookies with a nice design.
  8. Bake the cookies until they're a very light golden brown around the edges, about 30 minutes.
  9. Remove them from the oven, and transfer them to a rack to cool.
Recipe by I'm At Home Baking! at