Wafer Sugar Cookies
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 cups flour, measured and then sifted
1/4 cup cold water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large mixing bowl with heavy-duty
mixer, or by hand with wooden spoon, cream butter until fluffy.
Gradually cream in sugar and the egg.
Mix in 1 cup of the flour, then mix in the
water and vanilla. Mix in the remaining flour and the salt. Remove
dough from the bowl and flatten into a disk. Wrap well in plastic
wrap and refrigerate at least 1/2 hour or up to three days.
Cut the dough into three pieces and return
to the fridge. Lightly flour a smooth counter top and roll out a
piece of the dough, using a lightly floured rolling pin. Roll until
approximately 1/8-inch thick.
Dip cookie cutters into a little flour (or
powdered sugar, if you wish) and cut out desired shapes. Transfer
cookies to an ungreased baking sheet and bake in center of preheated
oven for 7 to 8 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned.
Remove cookies from sheet and allow them to cool on a rack. Repeat
with remaining pieces of dough. When cookies are cool, transfer
them to cookie jar or tin. These keep very well and actually are
more flavorful after a couple of days.