I am, on occasion, the most-blessed person on the planet. I absolutely love to cook for other people, especially when it comes to making meals and baked goods suitable to their specific tastes. I have found that while many people share the same tastes inside cultures and family groups, they are not all identical. So, having a recipe that gives me the ability to quickly change flavors probably puts me at an advantage in the kitchen. This dough gives you the most versatile cookies you’ll even make.
I have been using this cookie recipe for many years, and I use it for everything from creating new flavors, to parties where everyone wants a different style of cookie (like kids parties, cookie exchanges, and bake sales). The beauty of this basic dough is that you can mix in almost any flavor, sprinkle, chip, fruit, and jimmie (or a combination), and it will create a completely different cookie each time.
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Choose Your Own Adventure
- Heat Oven to 350°F
- Stir together flour, baking powder, and salt
- In a mixing bowl on low speed, cream together butter, sugar, egg + yolk, and vanilla
- Increase speed to medium, and add flour mixture by the spoonful until just combined (don't over mix)
- Turn dough out on to lightly-floured surface, and knead dough
- Knead in your chosen Mix-Ins
- Roll into 2-inch balls, and place them about 2-inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet
- Gently flatten with a glass, until they are about 1/2-inch thick
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown