I'm on a guilty cooking spree. Last week, it was apple tart. This week, these sugar cookies.
I think it's summer that does it to me. I feel like I should be vacationing with my kids. Taking them to the beach. Flying them out to Disney World or something.
Instead, I'm working my tail off. Barely scraping together dinner. And feeling lots of guilt.
So I discovered a simple equation. Butter + sugar = happy children. Happy children = less guilty Mommy. And that is how this recipe came to be.
Chewy Sugar Cookies, adapted from America's Test Kitchen
The only change I made to the original recipe was to use colored sugar for one batch and raw turbinado sugar for the other.
2¼ cups flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1½ cups sugar
6 tablespoons butter, melted and still warm
⅓ cup oil
1 large egg
1 tablespoon milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
⅓ cup sugar - colored or raw turbinado sugar are nice options, but you can also use white
Put the 1½ cups of sugar and the cream cheese into a large bowl of an electric mixer. Pour the butter in and combine. Add in the oil and mix for a minute or so. Add the egg, milk, and vanilla. Mix for another minute or so. Add the flour mixture and mix for another minute or two until a soft dough forms.
Spread the remaining 1/3 cup sugar in a separate shallow bowl.
Bake until the edges are set and just beginning to brown, 11 to 13 minutes. Cool the cookies for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack and allowing to cool completely.
Linking this up to Weekend Bloggy Reading.