Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Chewy Sugar Cookies


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
2 ounces cream cheese, cut into 8 pieces
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
Preheat the oven to 350*. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. 

Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

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. 

Pinch off even pieces of dough, about 2 tablespoons each. (The original recipe suggests that you separate 24 pieces first to be sure they are all the same size.)  Use your hands to roll the dough into balls. Roll each ball in the sugar to coat it. Space the balls evenly on the baking sheet, 12 per sheet. Use the bottom of a cup to flatten the dough balls slightly. Sprinkle the tops evenly with a bit more sugar.

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.




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14 comments:

  1. Those sugared sugar cookies are exactly how we used to make then growing up.

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  2. LOL - I love the rationale behind these cookies. Sounds like your kiddies have it pretty good. :)

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  3. We took the grand kids to our local park, it has a stream running through. We laughed and played in the water. 5 year old Lydia said with a big smile--this is the best activity ever! It would have been perfect with a yummy sugar cookie. Love the simple pleasures in life!
    Have a sweet day!

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  4. I love a chewy sugar cookie! We used to bake these all the time when I was a kid. I was actually craving them this past weekend but ended up making something else. Seeing these just reinforced the craving.

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  5. Cookies with butter and cream cheese? Yum!!

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  6. Oh yum. Sugar cookies kept me happy as a kid, too. And an adult!

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  7. Mmmmm..I need a couple of these for coffee break today!

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  8. Simply yummy looking! These totally reminds me of Christmas. And it's around the corner. Holy cow! Time flies :D

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  9. oh they look so good, irresistible! Its one thing to have a sugar cookie it is another thing to have a delicious perfectly chewy and sweet sugar cookie! Love them

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  10. I typically find myself in a baking mood...every second of every day of every week. So I understand. Love that you used colored sanding sugar! So pretty.

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  11. You had me drooling with the title! Chewy and sugar cookie in the same title..HEAVENLY!! My favorite cookie. I have been searching for a recipe like this for a long time! Can't wait to make a batch..possibly this afternoon.

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  12. I love your equation for happy kids! Cookies look delicious also - will have to try this recipe out with my nephews - thanks for sharing!

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