This one is from the original Joy of Cooking. They changed the recipe at some point and it wasn’t as good.
Cream Together:
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • Beat in 1 egg
Combine in a bowl:
  • 2 1/2 cups sifted all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. of salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


  • Add the flower mixture to the butter/sugar/egg mixture
Chill dough for 3 to 4 hours before rolling.  
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Roll out and cut.
  3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until slightly colored.
  4. Let them cool a bit before you try to take them off the cookie sheet.
  5. Decorate while still a little warm.


Excess dough can be rerolled and used again.  Alexis is right about not beating the hell out of the dough when making it.  You don’t want tough cookies.  I used to work it into manageable balls by hand to refrigerate.

Need decorating ideas? Evil Barnyard Animals are super festive!

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