Minimalist Cookies

Friday, November 13, 2009

Plain Jane Sugar Cookies

Plain Jane Sugar Cookies

Okay so maybe you’re allergic to peanut butter, or your kids are, or your neighbor’s kids are, or maybe you just think it’s a gross disgusting food product that you can’t understand why anyone would want to eat. You’re saying enough with the cookie recipes with peanut butter, give me a cookie I can eat.

This recipe is courtesy of my hero Marion Cunningham, and it’s basically a cookie with the fewest ingredients you can put together and still have a cookie. They remind me of the Van De Kamp’s sugar cookies my grandmother used to always have in her house when we lived in Seattle.

This is sort of the opposite from the last recipe I gave — those are everything cookies, and the recipe is huge; these are basically nothing cookies and the recipe makes just the right amount. These are what I end up making when I want something sweet but all the chocolate is gone.

Plain Jane Sugar Cookies

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tsp vanilla
1-1/2 cup flour
2-1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Grease the cookie sheets.

Cream butter. Add sugar and cream together. Add egg and vanilla and mix. Add remaining ingredients and mix until all are combined.

Drop in well-rounded teaspoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheets about 2½ inches apart. Use the bottom of a glass or small cup to flatten the mounds of dough; begin by putting the bottom of the glass in dough to make it sticky and then dip the glass in suagar before pressing down on each cookie. Repeat when stickiness disappears. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are light golden. Remove from the cookie sheets and cool on racks.

4 Responses to “Minimalist Cookies”

  1. orinoco womble Says:

    Thank You! I haven’t baked for decades, and I remembered this plain and simple “flatten it with a glass” recipe that you could chop and change to give different flavours…but lost it ages ago. Thanks to you I can make them again! Add cinnamon…or a chocolate kiss in the middle…or nuts…or coconut…or whatever you fancy.

  2. lessisenough Says:

    Glad to be of service! These cookies are the best, so simple and delicious.

    On an unrelated note … I love your screen name! I don’t think there are many Americans who would get that reference but I happened to be a huge Wombles fan as a child, due to gifts from some relatives who lived in the UK. I’m picturing you with your long pointy nose and gray fur baking some cookies…

  3. orinoco womble Says:

    So you know how much Orinoco appreciates good, simple, tasty food! Followed by forty winks, of course! ;)

  4. lessisenough Says:

    Yes! What could be better than tasty food followed by forty winks…

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