Sugar Cookies (the simplest ones of all)

This recipe came from the book The Best Recipe. Everything we’ve made from it has been really good. I’ve used this book so much that the pages are stained and the binding is cracked. I should order another one.

These are simple cookies that are rolled and then pressed with the bottom of the glass. The glass gets buttered from the pressing and each time, I dip the glass into colored sugar before pressing the next one.

The cookies are delicious. We brought some to our mechanic. The next time he serviced our car, he gave us a big discount and wrote on the bill that we had to bring more sugar cookies.

Preheat the oven to 350.

  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Cream the butter until light and fluffy. Add the sugar and continue beating for about 3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla. bBat until it’s all well combined.

In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, salt and baking powder together. Add it to the butter mixture and mix first on low speed and then medium until all the flour is incorporated.

Pinch off pieces of dough about the size of a walnut. Roll into a ball and place on the cookie sheet (a Silpat works great with these). Continue putting a dozen on the sheet. Butter the bottom of a drinking glass, dip in colored sugar and gently press the cookie. Continue until all cookies on the sheet have been pressed.

Bake for 5 minutes and rotate the baking sheet. Bake another 5 minutes. Cool the cookies on a rack or paper towels.

This recipe makes exactly 3 dozen cookies.

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