Well, it’s that time of year. The end of school is upon us, which means gifts for teachers and those that have been a part of the tot’s learning experience this year. As a preschool teacher myself, I can honestly tell you the last thing a teacher wants is another coffee mug or stationary set. Gift cards are always welcome as well as tasty treats. And, those goodies can totally be homemade.
I love vanilla – especially really good vanilla. These cookies make the most of whatever kind of vanilla you’ve got, but I do suggest investing in the kind that costs more than a couple of dollars, which will make your cookies even more delectable.
This is also an easy recipe with really cute results, perfect for making with the kiddies. Bag them up in decorated plastic or paper bags and you’ve got the perfect teacher’s gift or special treat for any day of the week.
1/2 cup soft butter
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Dash of salt
1 1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup powdered sugar
Few drops of water
Smooth together the room temperature butter with the vegetable oil and sugar. Once things are mixed, add the vanilla and egg. Whip things together and then sprinkle in the salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
Slowly add the flour until the dough comes together. Tear off a sheet of plastic wrap and then scoop the dough in a line along the center. Wrap it up and give a roll, creating a log o’ vanilla cookie dough. Twist the ends of the plastic wrap and place flat in the freezer for at least an hour.
Preheat your oven to 375F and lightly grease your sheet pan. Remove the dough from the freezer and slice into 1/4 inch rounds. Place on the sheet pan allowing for a bit of space between each cookie. Bake for 11-13 minutes, or until the tops have just browned.
While the vanilla cookies are baking, mix the vanilla glaze by whisking together the powdered sugar, vanilla, and few drops of water.
Once baked, remove the cookies from the sheet pan and let cool.
Now the fun part! Drizzle and drip the glaze over the cookies any way you’d like – or let your child be in charge of the decorating. To set the glaze, pop the cookies into the fridge (or freezer) for 10 to 15-minutes.