Chewy Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract (optional)
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Topping:
    • 1/4 cup granulated sugar, for dipping

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment or silicon mat.
  2. In a large bowl with a standing mixer or hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 1 minute.
  3. Add in the egg, vanilla extract, and almond extract; beat until combined.
  4. Add in flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix until just combined, making sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl every now and again.
  5. Roll dough into 1″ balls, and roll in sugar. (you could also roll in sprinkles)
  6. Place on baking sheet, about 2″ apart. Bake for 10-11 minutes, or until cookies have set.
  7. Allow to cool before eating

Recipe adapted from a latte food

Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups + 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup raspberry jam

Directions:

  1. Using a handheld or stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat the butter on high speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Switch mixer to medium speed and add the sugar, vanilla, and almond extracts. Scrape down the sides and the bottom of the bowl as needed. Turn the mixer off and pour the flour into the wet ingredients. Turn the mixer on low and slowly beat until a very soft dough is formed. Press the dough down to compact it and tightly cover with plastic wrap to chill until firm.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Shape the cookie dough into balls. Mine were about 1 Tablespoon of dough per ball. Make sure they’re nice and smooth. If you find the balls of dough are sticky and/or have gotten a little soft after rolling- place the balls of dough back into the refrigerator to firm up. You absolutely DO NOT want soft dough. Make an indention with your thumb into each ball. The dough may crack slightly when you press your thumb into it. Simply smooth it out with your finger if you can. Otherwise, it’s perfectly fine to have a few cracks. Fill each with a scant 1/2 teaspoon of jam. (Or however much it can hold.)
  3. Bake the shortbread thumbprint cookies for 14-15 minutes, or until very lightly browned on the edges. The cookies will puff up and spread slightly. Do no over bake. In fact, I only baked mine for 13-14 minutes. I prefer them a little soft. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wore rack.

~Recipe from sallybakingaddiction.com