Sunday, March 4, 2012

Sugar Cookies

To my horror, I discovered this week that I don't have a basic baker's repertoire. I can make ice cream and double chocolate gooey butter cake all day long, but I've never even made a chocolate chip cookie from scratch.

I decided that this must end. I need to find my cookie recipes, my brownie recipes. I need to get the old standbys under my belt before I go off and bake crazy six-word things.

This week, I started with the most basic of basics. The sugar cookie. Personally, I like sugar cookies to be nice and soft and chewy. I'm not a big fan of the super crunchy kind. I love the Betty Crocker® mix ones, and so I set out to find a recipe that was similar.

Well, I did. And, yes, they were delicious. Although, they were even better the second day, after they'd had time to soften up in the plastic container overnight.

Sugar Cookies
Adapted from:
Yield: About 2 dozen cookies

1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF and grease a cookie sheet.
2. Place the butter, egg, and vanilla into the bowl of an electric mixer, and beat until combined.
3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
4. Mix the dry ingredients in with the wet ingredients until combined.
5. Form into balls and place on cookie sheet.
6. Bake for 9-11 minutes.