How to Bake Sugar Cookies

Everyone associates sugar cookies with the holidays, but once you learn how to bake sugar cookies, you'll want to make them every time you're craving a treat. Sugar cookies are easy to make and are perfect for just about any type of mix-in, from M&Ms and Hersey Kisses to nuts and peanut butter morsels. They're also an ideal blank canvas begging to be decorated--pick a cookie-cutter shape and you're on your way! Before you start making your cookies, check that all the necessary ingredients are up to snuff. If the baking soda is too old, it can affect the rising process. Also, when forming the dough, be sure not to over-mix the flour--doing so can develop the gluten to a point where the finished cookies are tough. Stop mixing when you no longer see streaks of flour in the bowl. As you placing the balls of dough on the cookie sheet, leave plenty of room between each ball. If they're too close, the cookies will spread into each other during baking, and you won't get your perfect shape.
-Hey everyone, I'm Judith. Well, today, we'll be making rich buttery cookies, the perfect accompaniment to our afternoon tea or coffee. We'll be making until these sugar dream cookies. So, what you'll need for this is 1/2 cup of butter softened, half cup of cooking oil, 1 cup of powdered sugar, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 3/4 of teaspoon of baking soda, 3/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1 egg slightly beaten, 3/4 teaspoon of vanilla, and 2-1/2 cups of all purpose flour, 1/3 cup of granulated sugar, coarse crystal sugar or colored sugar, and today we'll be using granulated sugar. Alright, very fun and enjoyable to make these cookies, if you get the kids doing it, friends doing it and honestly they taste so good dipped into some nice hot tea. So, what we need to do first is add in our softened butter into a mixing bowl. Make sure to leave our butter out 5 to 10 minutes out in room temperature before doing this. Let's just mix that up with out with our electric whisk for about 30 seconds. Fantastic, so that's soft and nicely. Now, we're gonna grab our oil and in slow increments, we're just gonna pour in the oil and mix on a low speed until all of it is meshed together Great, so once all of that is in together, let's just give it a good stir all of remaining bits into that, fantastic, alright. Next step, let's add in our powdered sugar, our granulated sugar all goes in there our, that's 1/2 cup; our cream of tartar, which gives a nice creamy consistency to baked goods; our baking soda, which will give it a lift; and our salt. So, let's get whisking with that. You can just scrape off any from the edges when you beat to get that all in. Alright, so make sure you give that a good mix. So, all those ingredients come together to give that a bit of a stir. So, just give that a good mix. So, into the bowl next goes in our vanilla, add a good and beautiful flavor to the cookies and our eggs and we'll give it another mix. So, as you can see that is now formed a nice creamier consistency Just as we want it. So, last but not the least, let's add in our flour and you can add this a little bit a time if you don't wanna use the oil so much yet. We're gonna whisk that in to the mixture. We want a nice doughy consistency. Let's just get all of those extra little [unk] sticking the whisk into the bowl. We'll give it a stir. Now, if it's not quite doughy enough because we'll be putting these into the bowls. Let's just add in a little bit more flour. Obviously, they can get always a little bit messy. You're gonna get flour here, there, and everywhere, but that's the fun of it. We're gonna add in a little bit more flour, and as I said as you're whisking that's gonna come a little bit more tough to whisk together, but we wanted it to become a nice thicker dough. So, you just gonna have to get your muscles going and work that in, alright. I think that might be just how we like them and whisk that in a little bit more flour there. There we go, perfect, fantastic, alright. So, very carefully, you can take the edges off your whisk, Will be a lot in there, a lot of extra little dough stuck in there, so all good stuff. We wanna use it all, alright, same of this, fantastic. Okay, now, you can work this with your hands a little and obviously if you need to add a little more flour to make it less sticky that's fine, you can do that, but that's a perfect nice dough for out cookies. So, we wanna roll our balls about 1 inch wide and they will be ready for the next step, which is rolling them in sugar. So, let's get our remaining sugar into a bowl and all we gonna do is roll all little balls in that sugar and this is what gives that really lovely sparkly shine to it when it comes out the oven, look great. So, on an un-greased cookie sheet, which we'll bring up here, we'll put the balls onto there and there you're gonna go into an oven, which is preheating right now of 350 degrees Fahrenheit. So, we'll do the same thing with the remainder of our dough, roll them into little 1-inch balls, then roll them in the sugar, and then put them about 3 inches apart because we're gonna flatten these after, so give them a little bit of space. So, I have all of our sugar cookie balls now laid out on our cookie sheet. So, the last step was all we gonna do is get a nice tall glass and we use the bottom of it, so all we want to do is put the bottom of it into some of that sugar and we're gonna press it down. It becomes a nice flat shape like that and that's the perfect cookie shape. No need for cookie cutters. It's all we need to do. So, we'll do the same thing with all of our balls. So, all of our cookies are now flattened out and ready to do in the oven. They will go in the oven 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 9 minutes until all tops a slightly cracked and edges are set. Once they've come out the oven, put them on a wire rack and let them cool before you dig into them. Alright, we'll be back in about 9 minutes. Well, our sugar dream cookies are out of the oven. We'll let them cool for a little while and now they are ready and they're looking gorgeous, slightly cracked as we want them on the top, set around the sides and make sure don't let them overcooked, don't let them brown. So, do keep an eye on that about 9 minutes should be good. So, let's just plate those up and that is gonna be fantastic as I said for an afternoon tea or just with coffee as a snack or dipped in hot chocolate is even better. There you go. That's how you make sugar dream cookies.

What You'll Need

  • 1/2  cup butter, softened

  • 1/2  cup cooking oil

  • 1   cup powdered sugar

  • 1/2  cup granulated sugar

  • 3/4  teaspoon baking soda

  • 3/4  teaspoon cream of tartar

  • 1/4  teaspoon salt

  • 1   egg, lightly beaten

  • 3/4  teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 1/2  cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/3  cup granulated sugar, coarse crystal sugar or colored sugar

Step By Step

In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer for 30 seconds. Gradually add oil, beating on low speed until well combined and scraping sides of bowl. Add the powdered sugar, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt. Beat until combined. Beat in egg and vanilla. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll balls in 1/3 cup granulated sugar. Place 3 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Using the bottom of a glass dipped in granulated sugar, flatten dough to 2 1/2-inch rounds.
Bake cookies in a 350 degree F oven about 9 minutes or until tops are slightly cracked and edges are set (do not let edges brown). Transfer cookies to wire racks and let cool. Makes about 48 cookies.

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 95, Fat, total (g) 4, chol. (mg) 9, sat. fat (g) 2, carb. (g) 11, Monounsaturated fat (g) 2, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1, sugar (g) 6, pro. (g) 1, vit. A (IU) 49, Thiamin (mg) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Niacin (mg) 0, Folate (g) 12, sodium (mg) 47, Potassium (mg) 21, iron (mg) 0, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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