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    Soft and Buttery Sugar Cookies

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    4 hrs 39 mins

    4 hrs 30 mins

    9 mins

    KTJane's Note:

    This simple yet divine recipe was handed down to me by my grandmother many years ago. It has a unique dough produces a soft, tender, buttery, yet crispy cookie that melts in your mouth. I will say that high-quality butter, vanilla, eggs, and flour will make a big difference in the taste, as subpar quality will show through with such mild flavors at play. This makes a large batch of 3 dozen or so, and can easily be halved. Enjoy!

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    Serves: 18



    Units: US | Metric


    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (325 for convection ovens).
    2. 2
      Beat the butter and sugars on medium speed until fluffy (1-2 minutes). Add the oil, eggs, and vanilla and beat for another minute.
    3. 3
      In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar.
    4. 4
      Slowly mix in flour mixture in two parts, on low until dough is just combined.
    5. 5
      Form dough into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight (this will make for a much flakier, tender texture, and gives time for the flavors to meld and mature. It will also make the dough much easier to handle).
    6. 6
      Cut off sections of dough and roll into 1 inch balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet spaced apart 2-3 inches.
    7. 7
      Coat the base of a flat-bottomed glass in a thin smear of butter and dip in granulated sugar. Gently press the glass onto each dough ball until approximately 1/4 " thick (can be pressed thinner, which produces a slightly crisper, more delicate cookie).
    8. 8
      Bake on rack in bottom third of oven and bake for 9-11 minutes. Light cookie sheets work best, but if using a dark cookie sheet, adjust oven temp to 325 and begin checking for doneness after 8 minutes or so. Cookies are done when they are *just* starting to darken slightly around the edges. (Try not to overcook--this may produce a "burnt butter" taste. Err on the side of underdone.).
    9. 9
      Move promptly to cooling rack for 10 minutes before eating or storing. Enjoy!

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    Nutritional Facts for Soft and Buttery Sugar Cookies

    Serving Size: 1 (63 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 18

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 327.3
    Calories from Fat 207
    Total Fat 23.0 g
    Saturated Fat 8.2 g
    Cholesterol 47.7 mg
    Sodium 209.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 28.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.3 g
    Sugars 17.7 g
    Protein 2.2 g

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