All-in-One Cookie Dough

The secret to sensational batches is an all-in-one dough. Mix it in 10 minutes, shape it, top it, and bake it. Use this dough to make pretzel cookies, icebox cookies, jam-striped cookies, and drop cookies.

  • Yield: Makes about 30
All-in-One Cookie Dough

Source: Everyday Food, December 2008


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)


  1. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar, and salt until light and fluffy. Add yolks, one at a time, scraping the bowl after each addition. Add vanilla. With mixer on low, add flour; mix just until combined. Wrap in plastic; chill until firm, about 1 hour.

  2. Citrus or Spice: Whisk 1 tablespoon grated lemon, lime, or orange zest (or a combination), or 1 tablespoon pumpkin-pie spice into the flour before adding it to the butter mixture.


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