* 6  tablespoons  unsalted butter, at room temperature
* 1  cup  plus 2 tablespoons sugar
* 2  large eggs
* 1  teaspoon  vanilla
* 2  cups  all-purpose flour
* 2  teaspoons  baking powder
* 1/2  teaspoon  salt
* 2/3  cup  buttermilk

01. In a bowl, with a mixer on medium speed, beat butter and all the sugar until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla and beat on high speed until well blended.

02. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into another bowl.

03. With mixer on low speed, beat about a third of the flour mixture into butter mixture, then about a third of the buttermilk. Repeat to beat in remaining flour mixture and buttermilk, alternating in thirds. When all the flour is incorporated, beat mixture on medium speed just until well blended.

04. Fill paper-lined or buttered muffin cups (1/3-cup capacity) about three-fourths full with batter (about 1/4 cup in each).

05. Bake in a 350° oven until tops spring back when lightly touched in the center, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool on racks 5 minutes; remove from pans. Cool completely.

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