Vanilla Butter Cookies

What better way to say thank you to someone than with cookies and coffee?

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The other day I mentioned to you that my best friend and her family were coming up for a visit and that my parents were also coming over at some point to help build some shelves for my shoe closet.  Well, things didn’t go exactly as I had planned.  (I can hear my husband say that that’s why I shouldn’t plan so much.)

My friend’s daughter came down with the flu so we postponed their visit.  Now I’ve got a lot of leftover Fudgy Brownies.  I know, that’s a real problem.  😉  Thank goodness they freeze well!  If I didn’t do that then my husband and I would be stuffing our faces with them.  Our waistlines thank me.

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This opened up our weekend a bit so my husband decided that we should start working on my shoe closet even without my dad around to help.  The planner in me was hesitant to start earlier than we had planned, which is of course crazy because I want my shoe closet done as soon as possible.  I bought three white 5-shelf bookcases to put in the closet as the new home for my shoes.  It came out awesome!  I’ll try to remember to take some pics this weekend to share with you.

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My parents still came over on Monday and they helped us with some other minor chores around the house instead, which brings me back to the real  topic at hand today… cookies.  My dad loves coffee and cookies, pastries, cake, bread… okay, anything that tastes awesome with a cup of joe.  I whipped up these delicious cookies as a bribe… I mean a thank you to my dad for his help.

These cookies are like a soft pillowy version of a sugar cookie.  I coated them with a simple sugar glaze.  It’s not strictly required, but why not?  If a little sugar is good, then a lot of sugar is fantastic.  These adorable little things are a two bite party for me.  For my dad and my husband it’s a one bite deal.  They work very well for dunking in coffee, but watch your fingers.  These are tiny and adorable and coffee is hot.

I’m so lucky to have amazing men in my life.  I love my dad and my husband more than words can express…  so I’ll let the cookies do the talking.  😉

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Vanilla Butter Cookies Recipe
(Makes about 50 cookies)

Ingredients for the Cookies:

  • 1 cup butter, softened (equivalent to 2 sticks)
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (equivalent to 13.5  ounces)

Ingredients for the Icing:

  • 1 and 1/3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2  tablespoons water

Directions for the Cookies:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until it’s fluffy.  (About 2-3 minutes.)
  3. Mix in the egg and vanilla extract.
  4. Gradually add in the flour.
  5. Using a small cookie scoop, scoop out the cookie dough onto a cookie sheet.  The small cookie scoop is equivalent to about 2 teaspoons of cookie dough and I comfortably fit 12 on my cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for about 13 minutes.
  7. Let the cookies cool completely before icing them.

Directions for the Icing:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and water until it forms a thick icing.
  2. Dip the top of the cooled cookies into the icing.

Adapted from:  Salty Tomatoes



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  1. These cookies certainly look like the way to anyone’s heart 🙂 And glaze is NEVER optional in my books!

    1. Tina says:

      Gah…yes, glaze rules!

  2. Cookies and coffee sound like an amazing ‘thank you’ to me, Tina! I tend to get thrown off big time if my plans change last minute, but thank goodness for the freezer! I cannot wait to try these cookies (or see your shoe closet!!)

    1. Tina says:

      I’m glad that I’m not the only one who gets a little thrown off when plans don’t go as planned. 😉

  3. Leftover fudge brownie being a problem, said no one ever. 🙂
    These little cookies look beautiful. Wish I had a couple right now to enjoy with my sweetened cuppa tea.

    1. Tina says:

      Lol… exactly1 Thanks, Anna. 🙂

  4. Oh my goodness these look just like those cookies that we used to get at Meijers or Krogers when we used to live in the States and my boys loved them. I can’t wait to give your recipe a try. Pinning!

    1. Tina says:

      So cool! I’ve never heard of those places.

  5. hmm when I try to pin your photos it only lets me choose one of your small photos? Can you take a look at how it is configured?

    1. Tina says:

      Strange… I checked and it works fine on my end.

  6. First of all, a closet dedicated to shoes? I need. I’ve been trying to convince my husband I need to make one of our spare rooms into a closet for me.. I’m tired of sharing our walk in. I’m selfish like that. Second, am abundance of fudgey brownies is a good thing. Third, these cookies look PERFECT. Soft, scrumptious with just the right amount of glaze lovingly smeared on top. Yes please! Love these, such a great way to celebrate the men in your life ♡ cheers and thanks for sharing the deliciousness!

    1. Tina says:

      You are the best! I hope you get that closet!!!

  7. Felice says:

    Hi im not such the expert baker so at times i need specific instructions. My dough came out crumbly. Was i supposed to hand mis in theflour?

    1. Tina says:

      Hi Felice. You can mix by hand or machine. It sounds like you might have used too much flour. Flour can compress in the container and so it’s common to measure it incorrectly. Do you by chance have a scale to weigh the flour? I find that’s the best way to ensure accuracy when I follow a recipe.

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