How do you make cookies from scratch?

You can make a simple, versatile sugar cookie batter and use it to make several different types of cookies from scratch. Start by creaming 1 1/2 cups of butter with 1 cup of sugar with the mixer on medium speed. Once it’s combined and fluffy, beat in 1 egg and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. Turn the mixer to low and add 4 1/2 cups of flour and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Shape the dough into two logs or disks, wrap it in plastic and chill it until it’s firm. Roll out the dough to 1/8-inch thick to make cut out cookies, or slice and arrange on a baking sheet. Bake the sugar cookies for 10 minutes until they’re golden. Let them cool for about five minutes before transferring the cookies to a rack.Swap almond or lemon extract for the vanilla and add crushed nuts or citrus zest to change the flavor of the cookies. Add a bit of cinnamon or other spices to make spice cookies, or use equal parts of brown and granulated sugar in addition to semisweet chocolate chips to make chocolate chip cookies. Source:

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