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5-in-1 Cookies

Active Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour

Serves: 6-8 dozen

INGREDIENTS

5-in-1 Cookies

DIRECTIONS

  • In large mixing bowl, combine butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla; using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat until light and fluffy.
  • Reduce mixer to low; add flour and salt, mixing until well combined, scraping bowl often.
  • Select cookie variation and continue with those directions. Dough may be refrigerated, covered, up to 7 days.
  • Variations:
    Spritz Cookies
    1. Place dough into cookie press with desired design.
    2. Press out shapes 1-inch apart onto ungreased baking sheet. Sprinkle with colored sugars, if desired.
    3. Bake in a preheated 400°F oven 5-8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
    Amount: about 7-8 dozen
  • Russian Tea Cakes
    1. Increase butter to 2 cups and omit eggs from dough recipe. Add 1 (6 ounce) package Essential Everyday Pecan Pieces at the end of mixing; chill.
    2. Roll dough into 1-inch balls; place onto ungreased baking sheet.
    3. Bake in a preheated 375°F oven 10-15 minutes or until set, but not browned. While still warm, roll in Essential Everyday Powdered Sugar; cool completely. Roll in powdered sugar again.
    Amount: about 5-6 dozen
  • Thumbprint Cookies
    1. Increase butter to 2 cups and omit eggs from dough recipe. Roll dough into 1-inch balls.
    2. Separate 1 large egg; discard yolk and beat white with a fork until foamy. Dip each ball into egg whites and then roll in Essential Everyday Pecan Pieces.
    3. Place 1-inch apart onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 375°F oven 5 minutes. Remove from oven and quickly press thumb gently into center of each cookie; return cookies to oven and continue baking 5-7 minutes.
    4. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Fill cookies with your favorite variety of Essential Everyday Preserves.
    Amount: about 6-7 dozen
  • Cookie Cutouts
    1. Divide dough into fourths; work with one-fourth at a time keeping remaining dough refrigerated. Roll dough ⅛-inch thick on lightly floured work surface, cut with favorite cookie cutters.
    2. Place cutouts onto ungreased baking sheet; sprinkle with colored sugar, if desired.
    3. Bake in a preheated 375°F oven 6-8 minutes or until set but not browned.
    Amount: about 6-7 dozen
  • Cinnamon Sugar Cookies
    1. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Roll balls in a mixture of 2 tablespoons Essential Everyday Granulated Sugar and 2 teaspoons Essential Everyday Ground Cinnamon.
    2. Place 2-inches apart onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 400°F oven 7-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
    Amount: about 6-7 dozen