Whoever first said "simplicity is key" must have been talking about these butter cookies! Made with just 6 simple ingredients and quick, easy to follow steps, these simple and delicious cookies are sure to become a staple in your kitchen.
Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy.
1 cup unsalted butter, 1 cup granulated sugar
Add the egg and vanilla, beating until well mixed.
1 large egg, 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Add the flour and salt, beating just until smooth.
2½ cups all-purpose flour, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
Using a 1-inch cookie scoop, portion the dough onto the baking sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until the bottom begin to brown.
Allow to cool and store in an airtight container.
If you want to really enhance the buttery flavor of these cookies, try adding a teaspoon or two of butter extract to your dough! You can toss it in while you're stirring in the egg and vanilla.
I love these cookies just the way they are. However, if you wanted to add a little something on top, a drizzle of vanilla glaze would be delicious! A light sprinkle of powdered sugar is also never a bad idea.
To make sure every cookie is exactly the same size, use a 1-inch cookie scoop! While you could always just use your hands, cookie scoops ensure each cookie is identical in size. This means that every cookie will be picture perfect AND cook evenly!
Storage: Store butter cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.