Ultimate butter cookie

Yield: 4 servings

Measure Ingredient
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter,
Room temperature
½ cup Sugar
½ teaspoon Salt
1 large Egg yolk
2¼ cup All-purpose flour

In a large bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter with the sugar, salt and egg yolk until smooth. Blend in the flour until the mixture blends into a smooth dough. Wrap the dough in a plastic bag and refrigerate ½ hour or up to two days.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Roll out the dough on a lightly-floured surface to ⅛-inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters. Place on lightly-greased cookie sheets.

Sprinkle with decorating sugar. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.

Yield: 3½ dozen

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