- 3 cups (spooned and leveled) all-purpose flour
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut in pieces
- 1/2 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)
- Place flour, sugar, butter, and salt in the bowl of a food processor; process until mixture is the texture of coarse meal.
- In a small bowl, lightly beat egg yolks and vanilla; with motor running, add to food processor. Process just until a dough forms.
- Divide dough in half; form into two 1/2-inch-thick disks. Wrap in plastic; chill until firm, at least 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a piece of floured waxed paper, roll one disk to a thickness of 3/16 inch; chill. Repeat with remaining dough.
- Flouring cutters as you go (to prevent sticking), cut dough into desired shapes; carefully transfer to baking sheets. Re-chill rolled-out dough if difficult to work with.
- If decorating, brush with egg wash, then sprinkle with sugar or sprinkles. Bake until edges are firm (not brown), 15 to 20 minutes for 3-inch cookies. Cool 1 to 2 minutes on baking sheets; cool completely on a wire rack.
- Store finished cookies in an airtight container, up to 2 weeks.
Yes Kevin, you have to put the flour in! We are all so excited you are baking- being engaged is good for you!