Basic Cookie Dough

This recipe has endless variations: add cocoa for chocolate cookies, oatmeal for oatmeal cookies, pecans for pecan cookies, peanut butter for peanut butter cookies, and so on and so forth. Top with sugar frosting, glaze, sprinkles, chopped nuts, grated coconut, or shaved chocolate. Add food coloring to make them red, green, pink, or chartreuse. After rolling out to a half inch sheet, cut them into any shape. For true inspiration, make them with children at your elbows.

1 c. butter
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
3 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt

Cream butter with sugars; mix well. Add eggs, vanilla and then flour, sifted with salt and baking soda, a little at a time. Bake at 350 degrees on a flat, heavy baking sheet for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool thoroughly before frosting.

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