I can sum up my life in Neapolitan flavours. Strawberry reminds me of childhood and not having a care in the world. Chocolate is for when I feel I deserve a treat although I really might not. But vanilla is reserved for the times when life gets tough.
Yes, vanilla is my go-to taste for comfort. It’s my warm blanket of flavours.
115g unsalted butter, softened
150g caster sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 vanilla pod or 1 tsp vanilla extract
170g all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
Makes around 2 dozen cookies.
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 160°C (320°F). Line your sheet trays with baking paper.
Step 2: Cream the butter, sugar and salt together until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and scrapings from a split vanilla pod (or use vanilla extract). Sift in the flour and baking powder and mix those in.
Step 3: Roll tablespoon-portions of the dough into balls and place them on the sheet pan about 2 inches apart. (Or use a disher.) Bake each tray for 15-20 minutes.
These cookies merely serve as vessel for calming vanilla. They’re a little crisp around the edges, but mostly soft and non-invasive. Use the good vanilla (pods or extract, not essence) as it’s all you’re going to taste.
Save this recipe for times when solace is sorely needed.