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How To Make Copycat Trefoils

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22 mins


  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 1 tbsp. Salt to taste
  • 1 lb Unsalted Butter softened but still cool
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract


  • In a mixing bowl fitted with the paddle attachment, combine flour, sugar and salt.
  • Add butter; cream the mixture until well combined, add vanilla extract once the butter is almost fully incorporated.
  • Divide the dough into 2 pieces and shape into square or round logs, about 1 1/2" thick.
  • Chill at least an hour.
  • When ready to bake, remove dough from the refrigerator 15 minutes prior to slicing.
  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Cut slices of the cookie logs 1/8" to 1/4" thick. Bake for 15 minutes and check.
  • The middle should begin to firm up and the cookies should start to turn light brown in color.
  • Cool and store in an airtight container, if not eating immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 908kcal | Carbohydrates: 100g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 53g | Saturated Fat: 33g | Cholesterol: 139mg | Sodium: 1006mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 1619IU | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 4mg