To make butter cookies, a cook combines butter, sugar, flour, egg, vanilla and baking soda in a large bowl. He bakes the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit, then decorates them with icing or other edible toppings if desired.
To make butter cookies, the cook preheats the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. He uses a hand mixer set on medium to combine 1/2 cup of softened butter, 3/4 cup of sugar and an egg. He then scrapes the sides of the bowl during the mixing process to ensure the ingredients are properly incorporated.
After the ingredients are well-combined, the cook adds 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the butter and sugar mixture. He mixes the ingredients thoroughly and begins shaping the dough into 1-inch balls.
The cook places the shaped dough onto a baking sheet, allowing 2 inches of space between each cookie. He dips the bottom of a glass in sugar, and presses down on the dough with the sugared glass to flatten the dough. He then bakes the cookies at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 to 10 minutes and transfers the baked cookies to a cooling rack. Cooled cookies can be decorated or frosted, dusted with powder sugar or dipped in icing and sprinkles before serving.