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Good Ol’ Sugar Cookies 23Nov08


I am generally not a fan of sugar cookies. The ones I usually come across are smothered with frosting or look too cakey. The only sugar cookies I do like are from Diddy Riese in LA, and only because I get the snickerdoodles with cookies and cream ice cream in it.

These came pretty good, more cookie than biscuit and with a nice flavor. I put cinnamon and sugar on top of some to make snickerdoodles.

3 cups of flour – I used pastry flour this time
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 cups of granulated sugar
1/4 cup of packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon of lemon zest
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1 cup of soft (but not melted) butter
2 eggs
raw sugar for topping (you can use rough colorful ones or just regular sugar as well)
ground cinnamon (optional)

preheat oven to 350°F or 170°C

Step 1: The Mixing
mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt and set aside. in a separate bowl mix together the granulated sugar, brown sugar and lemon zest. Then add in the lemon juice. Then add in the butter. Mix the butter in really well with the sugar – you shouldn’t be able to see yellow chunks. now add in 1 egg, mix, then add in the other and mix. Once you’ve got the eggs mixed in thoroughly – slowly add in the flour mixture from before. Add in only about a cup at a time, mix, then add in some more. Don’t over mix either!! Just enough to combine everything.

Step 2: Dollop & Bake
Use two spoons to make a 1 1/2 inch ball. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Use the spoon to flatten the top so it ends up being around 2 1/2 to 3 inches in diameter. Sprinkle some cinnamon and sugar on top. (You can skip the cinnamon, it’ll be just as good!) Repeat until you have enough to fill the sheet leaving enough room for the cookies to expand. Place in the oven – middle rack – for about 10 minutes or until a light golden brown.

Step 3: Milk, Plate & Serve
Let the cookies cool on a cooling rack for approximately 10 minutes before pouring yourself a glass of milk to go with your cookies :)

Hope you enjoy this recipe! More on Thanksgiving recipes coming up this week!

Sugar Cookies

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  • Vini says:

    Wow! Seriously delicious cookies.

    Someone wise once told me: “The problem with baking is following instructions.”


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