May 14, 2011

Simple Sugar Cookies


Yesterday I wanted a cookie.  I really wanted a sugar cookie.  A sugar cookie.  As in, one.  So I made sugar cookies and ended up with 3 dozen.  I gave some to my neighbor, and some to my friend, and more to the boy, and I still have more sugar cookies than I ever wanted, which is both good and bad because they are delicious but I really don't need to eat 12 sugar cookies for lunch. 

I'll have to find more people to throw sugar cookies at....



Do you want one sugar cookie today?

Of course you do. 

Here's the recipe

Simple Sugar Cookies

1 1/4 cups white sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
1 cup butter
3 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
*You could add 1/2 teaspoon of cream of tartar, but I don't like my sugar cookies to be crispy so I left it out.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line a baking pan with parchment paper or foil and lightly spray with cooking spray.

Cream together sugar and butter, then beat in egg yolks and vanilla extract.

Add the baking soda and then the flour 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well each time. 

Form the dough into a ball or cylinder and refrigerate for an hour.  When the dough has thoroughly chilled, spoon walnut-sized balls of dough onto your baking sheet, and sprinkle each one with a little sugar.

Bake for 10-12 minutes until the tops start to crack a little.  Remove from the heat immediately.


These cookies were soft and chewy on the inside with a little crunch on the outside.  You could also pre-roll the dough and freeze them for future use.  I decided I'd save myself the temptation and bake them all now.

Go have one sugar cookie.  You deserve it.  Then give the rest away to neighbors, friends, significant others, or strangers on the street, because they deserve it too.

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