Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies

I've never been huge on certain types of chocolate: chocolate chips, M&Ms, Hershey's kisses and bars. So growing up, I was all about some sugar cookies. But I also love cookies that are soft and chewy, which is not always what you associate with a sugar cookie. Those Lofthouse cookies are my favorite packaged sugar cookie (especially with the frosting on top!!!!). I've tried a couple copycat recipes, and I'm sure I'll try a few more. This time around, however, I wanted to try something that was closer to a typical sugar cookie. This recipe is from Baking Illustrated

Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies

Ingredients
  • 2c (10oz) flour
  • 1/2t baking powder 
  • 1/2t salt
  • 2 sticks butter, softened 
  • 1c (7oz) sugar, plus 1/2c for rolling dough
  • 1T brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1.5t vanilla
Directions
  1. Prep baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat oven to 375 degrees.  
  2. Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl; set aside.
  3. Cream the butter, sugar, and the brown sugar on medium until light and fluffy. 
  4. Add the egg and vanilla; beat at medium speed until combined. 
  5. Add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just combined.
  6. Scoop cookies using 1.5T cookie scoop and roll in additional 1/2c of sugar. 
  7. Butter the bottom of a drinking glass and then dip the bottom of the glass in the remaining sugar. Flatten the dough balls with the bottom of the glass until they are about 3/4 inch thick.
  8. Bake 15 to 18 minutes. Cool the cookies on the baking sheets about 3 minutes.
Eh. If you are looking for a nice sugar cookie recipe, this is definitely a winner. But if you are looking for a ridiculously thick and chewy sugar cookie, I would advise either not smashing the cookie down before baking or using a different recipe.

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