This is the simplest cookie dough to make and seems to hold its shape really well for decorated cookies.
175g unsalted butter, softened
200g caster sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
375g plain flour, sifted
1 egg yolk
Beat butter, sugar and vanilla extract together with an electric beater till pale and fluffy. Add the sifted flour, egg and yolk and mix till you have a smooth dough.
Turn dough out onto a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Form into a flat rectangle then cover with another sheet of baking paper (this prevents any sticking and makes clean up a breeze!). Roll your dough out to about 5 mm thick then refrigerate for 20 mins.
Preheat oven to 175 fan bake.
Remove top sheet of baking paper and cut your cookie shapes out using a cookie cutter. Place onto another lined sheet ready for the oven.
Bake for 10 - 12 mins then cook on wire racks.
Your cookies will keep for up to a week in an air tight container.
Happy Baking! x
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