There are times when a simple sugar cookie will suffice. There is no need for anything more complicated than a perfect soft, chewy sugar cookie, a cup of tea and a quiet afternoon. Sometimes I forget this because I am so focused on my daily to-do list and developing new recipes for various projects, but it really comes down the sugar cookie at the end of a long day. Here is my favorite recipe for a simple sugar cookie, adapted from Martha Stewart. It is totally worth the minimal effort it takes to make, you’ll be amazed at how wonderful and comforting it truly is.
Simple Sugar Cookies
adapted from Martha Stewart
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cups sugar, plus more for dusting
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup sour cream
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and set aside.
2. In an electric mixer cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Then add the egg, vanilla extract, and sour cream and mix well until the batter is smooth and creamy.
3. Turn the mixer to low and slowly add in the flour mixture and mix just until the flour is no longer visible.
4. Make large balls with the dough, about 3 tablespoons in size, and place them three inches apart on lined baking sheets. Sprinkle the tops with granulated sugar and bake the cookies for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the edges are light brown and the cookies are just set.
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