You guys, do you have visions of perfect, beautifully-frosted sugar cookies that dance through your head all throughout the holiday season? I'll be shopping along, minding my own business, when some adorable cookie cutters reveal themselves to me and I just have to have them. Why wouldn't I want cookies shaped like squirrels/the Notorious B.I.G./unicorns that will end up frosted oh-so perfectly and intricately?
Unfortunately, the reality is far from perfect, with the dough sticking to your countertop, impossible to roll, and then those cookies come out of the oven all lop-sided and probably a bit burnt. And then you pick the ones that actually look okay, and you completely massacre them with an awful icing job that your 4-year old cousin could do better. And then you'll get one, maybe two, that are passable, and then you'll either bite into them and the cookie breaks your teeth or you never eat them because you just want to stare at it and marvel at it's success for all of the holiday season.
So you know what my solution is this year? Save myself the disappointment and just make sugar cookies that don't have to be decorated. Yep, they exist, and they'll hurt that calorie count you're obviously ignoring this winter but not your ego. They're easy, soft and melty, and they're like, sort of decorated, so they're mildly impressive. Plus, you won't get any pity comments about how "well, at least they taste good!" Yeah, so skip the fancy sugar cookies this year and try these babies out. You deserve a break.
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup shortening or softened butter (I prefer Crisco, but either works)
- 1 egg
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
- crystal sugar sprinkles
yields 2 dozen
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- In a large bowl, beat sugars, oil, shortening and eggs together until creamy.
- In a separate bowl, whisk flour, salt, soda and tartar together. Pour flour mixture into the sugar mix and stir — do not overmix. Dough should be thick.
- Roll dough into 1" balls. Please on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper and flatten the dough slightly with your hand or the bottom of a glass. Pour sprinkles into a small bowl and dip one flat side of the dough into the sprinkles and set the dough back on the cookie sheet, sprinkle side up.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cookies should not brown, but it is okay if the bottom browns a bit.
- Set out cookies to cool. Then, distribute and enjoy!
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