2 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix together dry ingredients, set aside. In a large bowl cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in dry ingredients. Using a small scoop, place onto a baking sheet and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
For chocolate sugar cookies omit 1/4 cup flour and add 1/4 cup cocoa.
For half and half cookies divide original recipe in half and add a small amount of cocoa to turn batter chocolate. Take a small amount of each batter and roll into a ball. Sprinkle with sugar and bake as directed.