yields ~2 dozen cookies (depending on shape and size)
The Bits and Bobs:
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, room temp
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
Beat together the softened butter, vanilla extract, and both sugars until light and fluffy. Add in the flour and salt and continue to beat until well combined. The dough will come together in a nice ball form.
Turn out the dough on a floured surface and shape into a disc. Cover tightly in plastic wrap and allow to chill in the fridge for 20-30 minutes.
Remove from the fridge and place the disc in between two sheets of parchment paper (or place on a floured surface... you will also have to flour your rolling pin), and roll out to roughly 1/2 inch thick. Using a paring knife or cookie cutters, cut into desired shapes and place on a baking sheet. Place baking sheet into the fridge and allow to chill while the oven preheats to 350°F. Bake in hot oven for 20 minutes. The edges will be starting to turn golden in the color, but the centers should still be pale. Allow to cool on sheet pan for a minute or two before moving to a rack to finish cooling.