This is our all-time favorite cookie recipe! Nat has been making these for Annie and her clients for years, and they couldn't be any simpler. The two secrets are using salted butter and vanilla bean paste. You can certainly substitute vanilla extract, but the paste takes these cookies to the next level. You can find vanilla bean paste online or select grocery stores.
¾ lb good quality salted butter, room temp
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste
3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
In the bowl of your electric mixer cream together butter and sugar. Add the vanilla bean paste and mix until combined. Slowly add flour with the mixer on low and mix until the dough begins to come together.
Place dough on a lightly floured surface and shape into a round disk. Roll the dough 1/3 inch thick, adding more flour as needed. Using a cooking cutter, cut desired shapes with your dough and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Place cookies in the refrigerator for 15 minutes before baking.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the edges are just slightly golden brown. Depending on the size of your cookies the cooking time will vary.
Allow to cool on the cookie sheet. Drizzle with melted chocolate or use for a killer s'mores!