(by Shirley McNevich)
2 sticks softened butter (make sure butter is salted!)
3/4 cup white sugar + extra for sprinkling
1 TBSP vanilla
2 cups flour (+ 2 TBSP more flour if necessary)
In a mixer add butter and white sugar--beat for 5 minutes. Add vanilla--beat. Add flour a little at a time--beat. If batter is not stiff enough, add the extra 2 TBSP flour--beat again. Scoop out a TBSP full of batter and shape it into a ball. Place the ball on a greased cookie sheet. Use your first three fingers to flatten the dough ball (which will also make three indentations on the cookies). Repeat with all dough (placing cookies 2 1/2" apart). Sprinkle the tops of the cookies with a little extra white sugar. Bake at 350 degrees 11-12 minutes or until edges are browned. Cool slightly, then place on paper towels to cool.