Thursday, September 5, 2013

Easy Sugar Cookies, the Old Fashioned Way

   Back to school yet again! This week I came with Sugar Cookies, which actually sold pretty quickly! They do also look like little snowballs, hence the nickname. This picture here was the first time I made these, right around the holiday season. And the nice thing about these cookies is that you can top them with any type of candies, I just used sugar on these. Peppermint would be good for the holidays, and I will have another recipe for that! But that is waay in the future, and right now we are in the present. And the present tastes good with these cookies!!
   I found this recipe in the old Betty Crocker cookbook one day, and decided to try it. And oh my goodness how simple, yet delicious they were! I just had to share them with the family, which scarfed them down in one sitting. It makes about 2 dozen cookies, which goes fast when you are in a family of 8; the three dogs included! I just can't get over how simple they are as well, something that can definitely be made quickly, for a sweet craving or a last minute bake sale.

Alright, so mixing everything up to the butter should make the dough look crumbly like this. It doesn't have to be perfect, you just have to make sure the butter is well incorporated.

Then you will mix in the egg,vanilla, and milk. Mix well! This will make the batter look more dough-y, while giving off that wonderful sugar cookie smell that makes you want to eat just the batter! But don't worry, the cookies will taste even better!

And since this is an older recipe, of course you have the choice on whether or not to roll the dough and make shapes. If not, just refrigerate it for 15 minutes, then roll into little balls by hand! Too bad I don't have any cookie-cutter shapes, or I would totally make them! Not really sure how that would work out either, I have definitely never made cookies into any shape other than a circle. That's basic, and I like basic.

Yay for baking time! Just remember that whatever shape your cookies are before baking, they will be that same shape (just fluffier) after you pull them out of the oven. I like to sprinkle a little sugar on top, mostly for texture but also for presentation! Then just stick the pan in the oven and viola you have yourself some wonderful little snowball sugar cookies!!!

3 cups Flour
1 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 cup Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Butter
1 Egg, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons Vanilla
3 tablespoons Milk

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and grease a baking sheet.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
3. Cut up butter into chunks and drop into flour mixture. Mix until crumbly.
4. With a fork, stir in the egg, vanilla, and milk until well incorporated.
     ***If you aren't rolling the dough, chill for 15 minutes, then skip to step 6
5. On a flour-ed surface roll out your dough to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes.
6. Place dough on prepared baking sheet. Bake 6-8 minutes, or until the edges have a light brown color. Cool and enjoy!

Try this recipe? Tell me how it went down below!