Recipe by Sharlene~W
This is a quick and easy not-too-sweet cookie, shaped by rolling into balls rather than rolled out and cut. The dough will keep in freezer for up to a week. The baked cookies will keep in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Top Review by Cook4theFamily
I made these for my in-laws, who like cookies for Christmas presents. They are somewhat picky about their sugar cookies, and don't like the shortbread type. I also don't like to roll out and cut cookies with cutters. These really fit the bill! Thank you! Add to review 2012: I realized I was probably making them too thin because they were crispy instead of soft, so I made them thicker, like the recipe called for. Made all the difference in the world! They are still the best tasting sugar cookies I have ever made, crispy or not--sweet and buttery.
- 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened but still firm
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar
Directions See How It's Made
- Heat oven to 375°F.
- Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
- With mixer, beat butter, 1 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
- Add egg and vanilla; beat at medium speed until combined, about 30 seconds.
- Add dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds.
- Place 1/2 cup sugar in shallow bowl.
- Roll dough into 1 1/2-inch balls, roll in sugar and place about 2 inches apart on baking sheet. (If the dough seems too sticky to handle, ill a medium-sized bowl half way with cold tap water. Before you roll each ball of dough, dip your hands in cold water and dry--this will keep dough cool and help keep it from sticking to your hands.).
- Butter bottom of glass and then dip in sugar.
- Flatten dough balls with glass until about 3/4 inch thick.
- Bake until cookies are golden brown around edges and very lightly colored, 12 to 15 minutes.
- Cool cookies on baking sheets about 3 minutes and then transfer to wire rack and cool to room temperature.