I have a few cookie recipes up my sleeve.
In general, I like to try new things and incorporate seasonal ingredients when I can. I like to modify recipes and come up with my own unique creations. Some things though are best in their pure unadulterated form, and sugar cookies are one of those things.
And yes, I am a self-professed chocoholic but even the best of us needs some sweet vanilla comfort in our lives every so often.
In all honestly, as much as I love chocolate chip, sugar cookies are by far my favorite cookie to bake.
Because they’re so versatile! What other cookie can serve as the base for so many sweet creations? Slather these cookies with raspberry jam, chocolate or buttercream, or just enjoy one in all of it’s simplistic glory alongside a cup of hot tea….the options are truly endless.
Do I have you drooling yet? It’s all part of my master plan. hehehe
The special thing about these cookies is the combination of both granulated and powdered sugar. It gives them that old fashioned taste and charm, ya know?
This is just a combination of one cup of each. You just whisk both sugars together and try to get rid of any big clumps.
Next, add one cup of vegetable oil to the sugars, as well as a teaspoon of baking soda, a teaspoon of salt, a teaspoon of vanilla and two beaten eggs. See? I told you this was easy!
Now, add this mixture to four cups of flour and stir. The dough will be pretty dry and flaky so don’t freak out. The end result will be very, very worth it.
You might actually need to get in there with your hands and work it a little if stirring is too hard. The end result should look something like this:
Roll out little balls of dough and place them about two inches apart on a baking sheet that’s either lined with parchment paper or a Silpat. Then, press each cookie down with a fork and sprinkle a little sugar on each one.
What can I say? I like a little sugar in my life.
Bake at 375 for about eight to nine minutes. These cookies should stay pretty pale and chewy—you’ll know they are done when the edges start to get a little golden.
And there ya go! Bake these next time you’re craving some old fashioned comfort and let me know what fun cookie creations you come up with!
Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies
Adapted from Gourmet
makes about three dozen cookies
4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract (or almond extract)
2 eggs, slightly beaten
Combine the sugars together and then add the vegetable oil, vanilla (or almond) extract, salt, eggs and baking soda. Whisk well to combine. Add the flour and stir. The dough will be semi-dry. Roll out ping pong sized balls of dough on a lined baking sheet. Press each dough ball with a fork and sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 375 for eight minutes.