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Sugar Cookies

Sugar CookiesTomorrow begins a new era at the Sushi Bar:  The Young One begins high school.

So, as we were grocery shopping Saturday (The Young One went with me willingly; he wanted to see if he is old enough to apply for a job there – be still my beating heart.  And for the record, he’s not), we trolled the aisles for yummy lunch things and I asked him if he wanted to buy cookies or have me bake some.

He looked at me as if I’d lost my mind and said, “Bake them.”

Okay, what kind?  Chocolate chip, oatmeal, peanut butter, sugar?

Sugar.  Which is good, because not only are my sugar cookies damn good, they’re damn easy.

The dough requires no refrigeration, nor do they need to be rolled (these are not “Christmas” type sugar cookies).  Even with an entire cup of butter, they don’t spread while baking and have excellent keeping qualities.

Well, they have a pretty long shelf life for a homemade butter cookie.  How long you can keep them in the cookie jar is another matter all together.

Note: I use a small ice cream scoop for standard size cookies; it has about a 2 to 2 1/2 tablespoon capacity.

Sugar Cookies

makes 3 dozen 2 1/2 inch cookies

3 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

1 cup (2 sticks) slightly softened, unsalted butter cut into  1″ cubes

1 1/4 cups sugar

2 eggs, separated

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 tablespoons milk

2 teaspoons water

1/3 cups sparkling white, or “sanding”, sugar for garnish

Preheat the oven to 375°; butter cookie sheets well.

Sift together the flour, salt, baking soda and cream of tartar; set aside.

In a large bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer on medium speed (use the paddle attachment if you have a stand mixer) until smooth and light in color, about 2 minutes.  Add the sugar 1/4 cup at a time and beat for 2 minutes.  Add the egg yolks and the vanilla, mixing for another minute; scrape down the bowl as needed.

On low speed, add half of the dry ingredients, then add the milk, followed by the remaining dry ingredients, mixing only to combine.

Use a small cookie scoop, or with well-floured hands, shape about 2 tablespoons of the dough into a ball and set 2 – 3 inches apart on each cookie sheet.  Using a flat-bottomed glass lightly dipped in flour, flatten each cookie into a 2 1/2 inch circle.

Combine the egg whites with the water and beat lightly with a fork.  Brush the top of each cookie heavily with the egg wash; sprinkle with the sanding sugar.

Bake the cookies in the top and bottom thirds of the oven for 13 to 14 minutes, turning about halfway through to ensure even browning.  Remove the cookies from the oven and let rest on the cookie sheets for 3 to 5 minutes, or until firm enough to handle.  Using a large, thin, flexible spatula, transfer the cookies to a wire rack and cool completely.

Store in an airtight container, layered between wax paper, for up to 3 weeks.


15 comments

Michele says:

JR will go nuts for these. I’ll have to try them tonight.
.-= Michele´s last blog ..Candied Walnut Ravioli with Sundried Tomato Sauce =-.

Mama Badger says:

Give me a minute to stop for a gallon of milk and I’ll be right over.
.-= Mama Badger´s last blog ..The Spin Cycle- Favorite Book =-.

I love sugar cookies! Yum! And I always do a ton of baking once school starts. (Not for another couple weeks here.) My youngest is starting high school too. I’m feeling very old …!
.-= Twenty Four At Heart´s last blog ..Girl Time in Charlotte, NC =-.

LPC says:

Sugar cookie is something I might have called my son as a nickname. Which would have brought forth the usual insult. “Mom!”
.-= LPC´s last blog ..7 Summer Favorites For The AARP Crowd =-.

Pseudo says:

Yum. I love sugar cookies.
.-= Pseudo´s last blog ..The World We Each Create =-.

“Hi, I need to call in sugar, I mean sick today. *cough* I have a cookie, I mean cold. I am butter, I mean burning up. Um, bye! *cough*”
.-= Sprite’s Keeper´s last blog ..It’s Monday. Your standards are probably not that high yet.. =-.

Anne Gibert says:

Oh, Jan, you’re such a good Mom. My children were cookie deprived. I fail at baking.
.-= Anne Gibert´s last blog ..Transitions =-.

rubbish says:

My Daughter has the same things every day and eats them in the same order. Jaffa cake roll for first break, Tuna and sweetcorn sandwiches at dinner time followed by a chocolate cup cake and two cheese strings washed down with a carton of ribena. Cheese slice and half dozen strawberrys for afternoon break. Packet of Prawn cocktail crisps which she shares with her mates at the end of the day.
She’s had the same thing for the last four years and checks her sandwich box every morning to make sure I haven’t put in something else.
Hope your boy is a bit more adventerous?
.-= rubbish´s last blog ..Knackered =-.

Pippa says:

I shan’t make these because I would eat them all… Okay so I will make some for Daddy and Top Ender and Baby Boy and exercise my self control and not eat any myself… Darn my Big Secret being revealed today!
.-= Pippa´s last blog ..A Big Secret =-.

Erin says:

Oh yes. This will be a recipe I use (as long as I don’t have to adopt the gluten free diet my doctor is threatening…)
.-= Erin´s last blog ..every day i read the book =-.

Tricia says:

Aaron is going to say THANK YOU so loudly you’ll heard him all the way from my state to yours. BUT, now I’m probably going to have to make these every darn week.

Good luck to The Young One as he enters highs chool. What a huge step and transition. I’m quite sure that with you for his mom, he’ll be brilliant.
.-= Tricia´s last blog ..First Day of Kindergarten =-.

Celeste Maia says:

Your boy going into high school, that is quite a change. My grandson went into high school last year, and there he was in his uniform shorts with all the big boys in long pants and cigarrettes in their pockets I am sure. He loves it and adjusted very well. So sugar cookies are a good way to celebrate Young One’s last days of summer vacation.

Susan says:

I hope your son loves high school. :) And the cookies…I will definitely be baking those soon. :) I’m sitting here drooling, lol.
.-= Susan´s last blog ..Who knew being clean was so dangerous? =-.

I’m not even going to mention the items for which you have listed a recipe as I think I would gain 5lbs just mentioning the name. But I forgot to say in today’s post how cute the Young One is so now I did. :-)
.-= Smart Mouth Broad´s last blog ..HERE WE GO AGAIN =-.

Ginger says:

How in God’s do you have TIME to make cookies?? Isn’t taking care of a blog, a family, a facebook page, a job, a house and a dog enough?? Jeez, some people are just determined to make the rest of us look like slackers!
.-= Ginger´s last blog ..Hurricane Bill Brought Us Some Surf =-.

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