Addictive Sugar Cookies

by elfrethsalleycat

The perfect sugar cookie recipe has been something that eluded me for a long time.  They were never quite right, either too tough, too cakey, or too bland. Over the years I have tried many alterations of this recipe in order to get the perfect flavor and texture.  These are crunchy yet chewy, buttery, sparkly, and all in all a perfect beautiful cookie. Oh, and they are addictive like heroine.  The combination of butter and shortening seems to be the trick to the texture.  It gives it the buttery flavor and the shorting keeps them slightly chewy.  Also, you don’t have to chill the dough which is a huge bonus to me because when I want cookies, I want them NOW.  I have used these as a wonderful base for ice cream sandwiches. They are also good spread with jam. Hell, there is pretty much no way to not enjoy these.

Ingrediants

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • Sanding Sugar for decorating (you can use regular sugar, but then you miss the added crunch and general sparkly quality that i love so much)

1. Preheat the oven to 400.
2. In a large bowl combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt.
3. In a mixer with paddle attachment beat on high speed sugar, butter and shortening until light and fluffy (about 2 min)

I have always loved the look and smell of creamed butter and sugar.  It is what first got me interested in baking as a kid.

4. Scrape down the sides and add the eggs and mix until it is fully incorporated. Then, add the flour mixture all at once and mix at medium low speed until it is just combined. 
5. Using a rounded table spoon, or a small ice cream scoop (that is a Martha Stewart tip, thanks Martha!) roll the dough into balls and then roll them in the sanding sugar. 
6. Place the dough about 2-3 inches apart on a cookie sheet.  (I know the common wisdom is to use parchment paper, but I have always used aluminum foil, sue me.* 

* Unless there is a legitimate reason to not use foil, in which case. . .please don’t actually sue me.  I can only pay in cookies.

Bake for 10 minutes.  Let cool completely on rack.  Then dive head first into a pile of them with a milk IV and hope to one day fit into your clothes again.

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