Saturday, November 17, 2007
The Joy of Baking - Sugar Cookies
This recipe comes from the lovely Mary Engelbreit's Cookies Cookbook.
Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies
The recipe begins,
Here is the very best recipe for delicate, pale golden, meltingly sweet sugar cookies - every batch is a beauty. Who could say no?
Makes about 3 1/2 dozen cookies [depends on the size you make them]
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup margarine [I use only soft butter - 1 cup]
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 t. vanilla
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour [I use 1 1/2 cup white, 1 cup whole wheat]
1 cup coarse white or colored sugar, or a combination [I use less than 1/2 cup regular sugar]
1. Preheat oven to 375 F. [or 350º depending on your own oven]. Lightly grease baking sheets. [I use a cooking spray, and only spray them once]
2. Beat the butter, and two sugars together in an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla, baking powder, and salt. Beat in the flour at slow speed.
3. Roll pieces of the dough into 1-inch balls. Roll to coat well in the coarse [or regular] sugar. [I put it in a bowl to do this] Place about 2 inches apart onto the prepared baking sheets. Use the bottom of a glass to flatten each cookie. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until golden. Transfer cookies to wire rack to cool completely.
My notes are in the brackets. These are the best sugar cookies! Just pour a glass of milk and enjoy!