Sometimes you just need something sweet. Simple and sweet and takes no time to come together. I didn't have a go-to sugar cookie recipe before, but I sure do now! When it comes to the perfect sugar cookie for me, I don't want it cakey. Also, I cannot cannot cannot stand eat n' park sugar cookies, or any hard sugar cookies for that matter.
Obviously there needs to be a common ground here. I want a chewy cookie with a soft middle and a ever so gently browned edge that I can still chew without hurting my teeth. And that my folks is the very definition of a sugar cookie. Now technically, sugar cookies should be sprinkled or rolled in sugar before put in the oven... well I didn't even do that. I told you I wanted simple! But I think the addition of more sugar would be superb as well.
In addition to this post, I'm posting some pictures from my school's Homecoming. I didn't take too many pictures because I wanted to enjoy the evening itself, rather than try to take pictures of everyone and everything.
Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies
found at Bunny's Warm Oven
* 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1 cup butter, softened
* 1 1/2 cups white sugar
* 1 egg
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1/2 cup sugar for rolling cookies
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
2. In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
3. Using a mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until smooth and very fluffy.
4. Beat in egg, vanilla extract, lemon extract and lemon peel.
5. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients.
6. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and roll in sugar. Place on lined cookie sheets about 1 1/2 inches apart.
7. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly browned.
8. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.
Now for some schmancy dancey pics: