These Slice n' Bake Vanilla Cookies have 5 variaties to choose from and they're absolutely delicious!
- 1 hr 30 mins
- Makes about 40
- 250ml (1 cup) castor sugar
- 300g butter
- 1 egg
- 5ml (1t) vanilla essence
- 750ml (3 cups) cake flour
- 8ml (½T) baking powder
- pinch salt
- Beat the sugar and butter until creamy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Sift in the flour, baking powder and salt. Roll into 2 x 5cm thick logs with plastic wrap. Chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour until firm.
- Preheat oven to 180°C. Line baking trays with baking paper. Remove the plastic wrap and slice the logs into 7mm thick slices. Pack on the prepared trays. Bake one tray at a time for about 10-15 minutes until just cooked. Leave to cool.
✤ Lemon poppy seed: Add the zest of 1 orange and 30ml poppy seeds.
✤ Sweets: Add 140g Astros, Smarties or Jelly Tots.
✤ Red and green swirls: Divide the dough in half and colour one half with a few drops of green food colouring and the other half with red. Roll each ball out into a 40cm x 28cm rectangle between plastic wrap. Place on top of each other and trim the sides to make straight edges. Roll up lengthways, using the plastic as a guide. (If it cracks while rolling, pinch the cracks closed as you go.)
✤ Cinnamon, pecan and white choc: Add 8ml ground cinnamon, 100g chopped pecan nuts and 100g chopped white chocolate.
If the cookies break when slicing, press them back into circles – especially if they contain large nuts or sweets.
Magazine issue date: Dec, 2015