1 c (2 sticks) butter, softened to room temperature
1 c sugar
1 TBSP vanilla
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 c flour
Whip butter and sugar together on high speed for 5 minutes with electric mixer. Add eggs, vanilla, and salt until combined.
Add flour 1 cup at a time, and mix only well enough to combine.
Divide dough into 2 portions and refrigerate in flattened discs (between plastic wrap).
Dough will be slightly crumbly when cold. Quickly form into a ball with hands (try not to warm it up completely), then roll out on a floured surface. Roll out to 1/8" thick, and cut with cookie cutters.
Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes. Cool on a cooling rack, and frost with your favorite frosting.
Comments from the cook: My mom made these last Valentine's Day, and they were delicious. Mine were a TAD overdone (I prefer soft cookies), but the frosting always softens them a bit...especially on the 2nd day.
Love the flavor of these cookies! My husband always looks forward to decorating these with a MAN's touch...hence the cookie covered in only M&Ms!
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