Free food is generally a good bribe for college students. I had to schedule a meeting at 4 p.m. on Friday with some students and told them I would bring homemade baked goods. I hope they show up. Since I am overwhelmed with school and work, I needed to bake something that was both easy and comforting. I saw these sugar cookies on Jenna’s blog a few weeks ago and thought they’d be perfect. The dough comes together in no time and you don’t even need to get out your mixer. I halved the recipe so that I only had to bake one tray of them. (My pet peeve in cookie baking is having to baby-sit the oven while I bake multiple trays of them.) And old-fashioned sugar cookies are just beyond comforting. I felt so much calmer after a couple of them:)
Get out a medium-size bowl and add granulated sugar.
Then add some powdered sugar.
Add almond extract and vanilla bean paste.
I don’t like to waste a drop of this stuff, so I wipe the teaspoon clean to get every last particle (with clean hands of course).
Add egg, salt and baking soda. Whisk away.
Add the flour. I needed to get out a wooden spoon to mix the dough. It is a dry dough and the whisk didn’t cut it.
Take a cookie scoop and fill it with dough.
Roll into the size of a ping pong ball.
(Ping pong balls remind me of when I was in London this summer and they had free ping pong tables set up all over the city as part of Ping London!)
Place in even rows on cookie sheet.
Press tops down with fork.
Fill a spoon with some sugar.
Sprinkle lightly over the cookies.
Bake for 8 minutes at 375 degrees F.
(Eat one warm from the oven.)
Let cool on rack.
(Make cookie stacks.)
They are really pretty sugar cookies. I was worried the dough would be too dry, but they baked up nicely. They do have an old-fashioned charm to them, with their crackly crust and soft center.
Jenn’s Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookie recipe can be found here . (She adapted the recipe from Gourmet.)