If you love butter and sugar - these cookies are for you. Simple ingredients, simple assembly. You can be from mix to cookie in less than an hour.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cream softened butter in a bowl until light and airy. The butter should turn pale yellow when it's done
Add sugar in 1/4 cup increments, blending after each addition until it's all incorporated
Add a spoonful of vanilla extract. Remember, you'll be using one of the spoons you eat your cereal or soup with. No measuring spoons necessary, and make sure it's not a small spoon for tea!
Add a pinch of salt, and incorporate. If you're using salted butter, you can skip this step.
Add flour in 1/2 cup increments and blend fully until all four cups have been added. The dough shouldn't be creamy or sticky, but almost like the kinetic sand that so many kids are into these days.
Pull ping pong sized portions of dough off, and roll into a ball. Place ball on cookie sheet, and then using your pointer, middle and ring finger, press down into the dough until two "hills" rise between your pointer and middle, and your middle and ring fingers.
Bake in the oven for 12 minutes, or until the hills and edges of your cookies are golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool a bit as they will still be a bit soft. They'll continue to cook after you remove them from the oven because of all of that butter!
Let cool on a cookie rack and enjoy with milk, ice cream or alone. If you're feeling ambitious, try all three.
Yes, I'm really telling you to use an eating spoon. Just trust me on this.
Your fingers should look as if you're making the number three or the letter 'w' when you go to press the cookies down. It doesn't have to be wide, and there really isn't an art to it.