Basic cookie dough recipes, like the one below, offer great flexibility. You can tint the dough whatever color you like, add other flavors of extracts, roll it into a log for slicing and baking or roll it out for cutting, and decorate the finished product however you like.
I honestly can’t remember where I got this original recipe, but it’s incredibly easy to make and bake and came in very handy for my St. Patrick’s Day-themed gold coin cookies, which are destined for my goddaughter Maureen and her family along with some other loot. Be sure to chill your dough for at least two hours so it’s easy to slice.
- 2 cups flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Wilton Golden Yellow food coloring
- Gold or yellow sugar sprinkles, for rolling (I used both)
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla extract and beat until well-combined, scraping the sides of your bowl frequently.
Add flour in three batches, mixing well after each until a soft dough forms.
Add food coloring and tint to your desired shade.
Turn dough onto a very lightly floured surface and knead it slightly to make sure all of the food coloring is well-distributed and the dough is smooth. Roll into a 12-inch log.
Place sugar sprinkles on a rimmed baking sheet and carefully transfer the log onto the sprinkles, rolling it back and forth to coat.
Wrap log in plastic wrap, slide it onto a baking sheet, and chill for at least 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line several baking sheets with foil or parchment.
Remove log from fridge and discard plastic wrap. Slice into 1/4 inch slices and place on baking sheets about 2 inches apart.
Bake for 9-11 minutes, until tops are set. Remove from oven and cool on baking sheet for about 4 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
Makes about 40 cookies.