Sugar cookies and I go way back. Like back when eating the raw dough at an unbelievably young age didn't faze people. (And I still totally stand by my dough eating habit.) I used to love going to the mall purely for the fact that I could get a soft and chewy sugar cookie the size of my head. Welcome to my heaven.
As much as I do love me some chocolate chip cookies, or chocolate cookies, and even rolled and iced sugar cookies, there's just something special about the simplicity of a plain ol' sugar cookie. And I have yet to find "the one".
I've had this recipe bookmarked on my Google Reader for eons, and I finally said enough was enough. It was time to give these guys a try.
Simple Sugar CookiesAdapted from:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup granulated sugar + 2 tablespoons extra
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
In the large work bowl of a mixer, beat the butter until smooth, about 1 minute. Add the vegetable oil and beat on medium-high until well incorporated. Stir in the granulated and powdered sugars until fully combined, about 1 minute. Mix in the egg. Add the vanilla and almond extracts, stirring until fully blended. Add the dry ingredients, half at a time, and slowly beat into the wet ingredients. Once mixed, add in the remaining dry ingredients. Refrigerate dough for 1 hour or freeze for 15 minutes.
Drop scoops of dough (I used a size 50 scoop) onto the prepared baking sheets. Using wet hands or the back of a wet spoon, gently press down on the dough to flatten the cookies. Sprinkle with extra granulated sugar. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or just until the edges very very slightly begin to turn golden. Let rest on baking sheets for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Makes: 33 cookies
While delicious, soft, and chewy, especially right out of the oven, I'm not quite sure these win "the one" title. After a few hours I noticed these turned slightly greasy and dried out really fast. Or at least some of them did, others didn't. My mind is boggled. Either way, still a little disappointing. I'm not trying to knock a good cookie, but when the bar is set so high... you have to be uber critical.
|Serving Size 22g|
|Amount per serving|
|Calories 106||Calories from fat 57|
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat 6.3g||10%|
|Saturated Fat 2.5g||12%|
|Total Carbs 11.4g||4%|
|Vitamin A 2%||Vitamin C 0%|
|Calcium 0%||Iron 2%|