Basic Butter Cookie Dough


One basic dough can make very different but equally delectable cookies -- Spritz Butter Cookies, Cut-Out Butter Cookies, and Icebox Butter Cookies.


  • 3 cups (spooned and leveled) all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut in pieces

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 4 large egg yolks

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Egg wash, (optional): 1 large egg white, beaten with 2 teaspoons water

  • Decorating sugar and sprinkles, (optional)


  1. Place flour, sugar, butter, and salt in the bowl of a food processor; process until mixture is the texture of coarse meal.

  2. In a small bowl, lightly beat egg yolks and vanilla; with motor running, add to food processor. Process just until a dough forms.

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