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Versatile Slice 'n' Bake Cookies

 Versatile Slice 'n' Bake Cookies
When you crave a sweet treat or want something fun and festive to make with the grandkids, just pull a cookie dough log from the freezer, slice and pop in the oven. Once baked, these buttery, melt-in-your-mouth cookies from our Test Kitchen will keep for a week…but they‘ll probably disappear much faster!
54 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped mixed candied fruit, optional
  • Nonpareils, jimmies, melted semisweet chocolate chips and chopped nuts, optional

Directions

  • In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat
  • in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add
  • to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Divide into three portions. If desired, add candied fruit to one
  • portion. Shape each into a 5-in. roll; place in a freezer bag. Seal
  • and freeze for up to 3 months.
  • To use frozen dough: Remove from the freezer 1 hour before baking.
  • Unwrap and cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on baking
  • sheets coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with nonpareils and
  • jimmies if desired.
  • Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks

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Versatile Slice 'n' Bake Cookies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • to cool. Frost with melted chocolate chips and sprinkle with nuts if
  • desired. Yield: 4-1/2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 cookie (prepared without candied fruit or additional toppings) equals 59 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 9 mg cholesterol, 63 mg sodium, 7 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.