GrownUps have three copies of Well Read Cookies to give away.
Extracted from Well Read Cookies by Lauren Chater,
published by Simon & Schuster Australia, RRP AU$24.99 or NZ$28.99.
Photography © Lauren Chater
Vanilla Sugar Cookies
makes around 16
250g unsalted butter, softened
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
6 cups flour, plus extra for rolling out
1/2 tsp baking powder
STEP 1 Place softened butter and caster sugar in a large bowl and mix until smooth and light in colour (about four minutes).
STEP 2 Add in vanilla essence and beat in egg, until combined.
STEP 3 Slowly beat in the baking powder and flour, one cup at a time. After two minutes or so of beating the dough should start pulling away from the edge of the bowl and form a lump. Remove the dough from the bowl and knead it on a lightly floured surface.
STEP 4 Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and place in fridge for at least four hours.
STEP 5 Preheat oven to 180°C (355°F). Roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut out desired shapes. Place them on flat baking trays and put in freezer or the fridge for at least 20 minutes before baking to preserve shape.
STEP 6 Bake each tray for 18 minutes, turning halfway to ensure consistency.
STEP 7 Allow to cool completely before decorating.