Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Simple Sugar Cookies

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 Cookies
Adapted from: Annie's Eats

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
1 egg
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.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 22g
Amount per serving
Calories 106Calories from fat 57
% Daily Value
Total Fat 6.3g10%
Saturated Fat 2.5g12%
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 60mg3%
Total Carbs 11.4g4%
Sugars 5.6g
Protein 1.0g
Vitamin A 2%Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0%Iron 2%


  1. I have pretty high cookie standards as well! And there is something pretty special about a good plain sugar cookie!

  2. Mmmm, lovely! There's a reason these are such a classic :)

  3. Sorry they didn't meet your standards. I love the plain and simple version of some reason. You just cannot beat the original at times.

  4. Thanks for sharing :) my sister I guess would like to try making them.

  5. Oh! Dried out and greasy are no fun - but if you ever need a buddy to help you eat raw dough - I am there!



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