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Hankering for Sugar Cookies?
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If you are in the mood for some sugar cookies, that aren't too sweet, this is definitely the recipe. If done correctly, the cookies come out to a nice (almost cake like) texture and there is NOT an overload of sweet.
No matter what recipes I use for cookies, the amount I make is never the same as the yield amount. If you are anything like me, your amount yielded will differ from the recipes amount. It all depends on how small (or big) you roll the dough balls.
This goes for prep time too. The time it takes me to prep is always different than the time the recipe calls for. I like to take my time in the kitchen, so it really does take me about 20 minutes to prep. If you are in a rush, you could easily knock off anywhere from 5 to 7 minutes without hindering the prep process.
The 8 to 10 minutes allotted to actual cook time is a good rule of thumb for beginners. As you become more fluent with this recipe you will, no doubt, experiment with the times to find one better suited for you. As my mother always says: "It's done when you can practically taste it by smelling it." Of course I only follow her 'rule' when making pastries.
Also try to keep a nice cool temperature in the kitchen. The hotter the kitchen, the stickier the dough gets when you're rolling it into balls. This creates a problem for me because I always roll with my hands. For those uncomfortable with using their hands, spoons work just as well. :)
- 2 3/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 Cup Butter, Softened
- 1 Tsp Baking Soda
- 1 Egg
- 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
- 1 1/2 Cups White Sugar
- Preheat oven to 375ºF.
- Mix the flour, baking soda and powder together.
- In a separate bowl Cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients.
- I find it easier to spoon the dough onto the cookie sheet. (For round cookies, roll the dough into ball with your hands.) Greasing the pan is not needed.
- Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden.
- It's best to let them cool on the pan for a couple of minutes before removing them. (This will save the bottoms for being ruined. WARNING: They will be hot when taken out of the oven.
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