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Vanilla Polka Dots

in quick and easy whole grain dairy free gluten free overnight guaranteed classic

Author: Gwen Adams

Vanilla Polka Dots Recipe

Vanilla cookie dough gets rolled into balls, coated with crunchy pearl sugar, and baked. This lovely cookie, from Dorie Greenspan's book, Dorie's Cookies, is pretty in a tea-in-the-English-countryside kind of way.

At a glance

42 to 48 cookies
Nutrition information


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  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F, and line two baking sheets with parchment.
  2. Put the pearl sugar in a small bowl. Wrap the base of a flat-bottomed jar or glass in plastic wrap.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, sugar, and salt together at medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 3 minutes. Mix in the egg white, followed by the vanilla.
  4. Add the flour in three additions, beating only until it's almost incorporated each time before adding more. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as you go.
  5. Scoop the dough by the heaping teaspoon and roll into balls. Roll each ball in pearl sugar and place on the baking sheet, 2" apart.
  6. Gently press each cookie down with the plastic-wrapped jar to flatten slightly.
  7. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown around the edges and on the bottom. Remove from the oven and cool on the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a rack to finish cooling completely.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 cookie, 21g
  • Servings Per Batch 42 to 48 servings
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 95
  • Calories from Fat 45
  • Total Fat 5g
  • Saturated Fat 3g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 12mg
  • Sodium 32mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 13g
  • Dietary Fiber 0g
  • Sugars 8g
  • Protein 1g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.