Recipe courtesy of Gourmet Magazine

Vanilla Thins

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 23 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 8 min
  • Yield: 30 cookies
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1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened

1/4 cup sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Beat butter, sugar, and salt with an electric mixer at moderately high speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add egg and vanilla and mix at low speed until just combined. Add flour and mix until just combined.
  3. Drop level teaspoons of batter about 3 inches apart on buttered baking sheets. Bake cookies in batches in middle of oven until just golden around edges, 6 to 8 minutes. Cool on baking sheet on a rack 1 minute then transfer with a metal spatula to rack to cool completely.
  4. Note: Cookies can be made 3 days ahead and kept, layered between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container, at room temperature.