Vanilla Polka Dot Cookies

Hi friends! Happy National Cookie Day! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to share a fun recipe, Dorie Greenspan’s Vanilla Polka Dot Cookies, and a recent baking adventure too! This is my granddaughter, whom I affectionately call “Mini Sous.” She’s holding my grandmothers rolling pin. This rolling pin has been passed down from my grandmother, to my Mother, and now to me. Someday soon, it will belong to my daughter. For now, Mini Sous gets to use it to practice her two-year-old, cookie-dough-rolling, skills. We obviously still need to work on our picking up spoons off the floor skills.

Mini Sous with Great Grandma's Rolling Pin

Mini Sous just loves this rolling pin! Can you tell? She pulls it out almost every time she’s here.
Mini Sous

Mini Sous and her little brother (Mini Two) are with me at least twice a week. I baby-sit while my daughter is at work. Being a grandparent is the best job! We do art projects, run around the back yard, go to the park and of course, bake things! The day we made these cookies, we were baking in our pajamas. That’s what you do at Omie’s house. Stay in your pajama’s and make cookies! Seriously! Best. Job. Ever!

After my recent visit to Melissa’s Produce to see Dorie Greenspan, I came home with a copy of her new book “Dories Cookies.” You can read about that adventure HERE.
Dorie's Cookies

In Dories book are these cute Vanilla Polka Dot Cookies. They looked like they would be fun to make with Mini Sous!

Vanilla Polka Dot Cookies

The recipe uses Dorie’s “Do-Almost-Anything Vanilla Cookie Dough and Swedish Pearl Sugar. The pearl sugar was new to me. I’ve never used it before. I had to buy it online, since my local store doesn’t carry it. Apparently it’s quite popular to use inside waffles. Perhaps we’ll try that next!

Together we made the dough and rolled it into balls. Then we rolled them in the Pearl Sugar and put them on the cookie sheet. They were messy, but that’s what happens when you bake with toddlers!

Mini Sous makes Vanilla Polka Dot Cookies

Vanilla Polka Dot Cookies

Once they were done and cooled, Mini Sous got to taste her creation! I think she approved! Of course, her little brother wasn’t too happy. He’s not quite old enough for a cookie… but his expression is priceless! Can’t you just see the “Whatever” on his face? Makes me laugh!

Mini Sous tasting cookies

Mini Two without a cookie

Go celebrate National Cookie Day with someone you love! Bake up something wonderfully delicious and share a cookie moment together. Cookies make everything better! Don’t you agree?

Vanilla Polka Dot Cookies

An easy vanilla cookie from Dorie Greenspan! Make them with your kids or grandkids for a fun cookie baking adventure!

  • 1 cup Swedish Pearl Sugar
  • 16 tablespoons (1 cup) unsalted butter, cut into chunks, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 large egg white, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

Preheat the oven to 350°F

Line two baking sheets with parchment (or use silicon baking mats) and set aside.

Place the pearl sugar in a small bowl and set aside.

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.

Add the flour all at once. Mix until fully combined. You will need to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as you go.

Scoop the dough by the heaping teaspoon and roll into balls.

Roll each ball in pearl sugar and place on the baking sheet about 2" apart. They will spread!

Bake 18 to 20 minutes, or until the cookies are just golden brown around the edges.

Remove from the oven and cool on the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a rack to finish cooling completely.

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

What’s your favorite cookie? I’d love to know. Leave me a comment below and let’s chat! Mine are classic Chocolate Chip cookies and frosted sugar cookies!

Until next time, friends! Live life deliciously!

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