Betty Kay Bake Shop in Bath, New York shares a versatile cookie recipe that can be duplicated at home.
Basic Butter Cookies
These crisp butter-rich cookies are perfect un-adorned, but they make beautiful decorated sugar cookies for holidays and special occasions. They are not too sweet and therefore, are a good foil for royal icing or piped chocolate decoration. The cookies themselves will keep for two to three days, but the dough can be frozen for up to six months or refrigerated for up to a week.
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
3 large egg yolks
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp salt
Beat the butter on medium speed until smooth, shiny and holds a peak when the paddle is pulled away from the bowl. Add sugar; beat in vanilla. Add flour and salt, beat on low speed just until the dough forms. Refrigerate the dough until firm enough to handle. On a lightly floured surface or between sheets of parchment paper, roll the dough to a 3/8-inch thickness. Freeze the dough sheets until firm. Cut dough into rounds or decorative shapes, keeping cut-outs cool until ready to bake. Bake cookies at 350 degrees until edges are golden, 12-15 minutes for 2 1/2 inch cookies.
Betty Kay Bake Shop is located at 49 Liberty St, Bath. Their number is (607) 776-4842.
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