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Classic Sugar Cookies

This morning I was at Starbucks during my daily pit stop and I found myself staring at all the pastries in the glass case. As I looked at the large round sugar cookies I thought when was the last time I made classic sugar cookies? Sure I made them around the holidays, but those were different, those were the kind of sugar cookies that you cut out with a fun cookie cutter and festively decorate with colored frosting. The sugar cookie I'm craving are the buttery, soft, chewy big ones that are perfect after a deli sandwich or for an afternoon snack or for a totally unhealthy breakfast (FitSugar is going to kill me when she reads that). Ironically I can't believe we haven't featured a Sugar cookie recipe yet... this is after all, YumSugar. To see if you have to make a trip to the grocery store before you make these scrumptious cookies,

Sugar Cookies
From Martha Stewart

3 Cups all-purpose flour
1 Teaspoon baking soda
1/4 Teaspoon salt
1 3/4 Cups granulated sugar
1/4 Cup packed light-brown sugar
1 Tablespoon finely grated lemon zest, plus 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 Cup unsalted butter, (2 sticks), softened
2 large eggs
Sanding sugar, for sprinkling

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Sift flour, baking soda, and salt into a bowl; set aside.
  3. Put sugars and lemon zest in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed 30 seconds. Add butter; mix until pale and fluffy, about 1 minute. Mix in eggs, 1 at a time, and then the lemon juice. Reduce speed; gradually add flour mixture, and mix until just combined.
  4. Scoop dough using a 2-inch ice cream scoop; space cookies 2 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Flatten cookies slightly with a spatula. Sprinkle tops with sanding sugar, then lightly brush with a wet pastry brush; sprinkle with more sanding sugar.
  5. Bake cookies until golden, about 15 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks for 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to racks using a spatula; let cool completely.
  6. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.

Makes 20 3 1/2 inch cookies.

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crispet1 crispet1 8 years
Sounds good!
amandasunly amandasunly 8 years
I've never really made sugar cookies before, I just realised, even though it's really basic.
Beautifulbarbie Beautifulbarbie 8 years
I don't eat much sweets. But I love to decorate sugar cookies :)
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 8 years
i wish i could have one now! Im cutting down on cookies and bread, i have eaten SO MUCH lately!
mandiesoh mandiesoh 8 years
so easy! i need to get lemons & brown sugar tho. i'll make them this week end if i have time!
Fancy04 Fancy04 8 years
I've made a lot of these.
ALSW ALSW 8 years
I usually think of these as a great Christmastime treat, but I could go for a sugar cookie right now. Especially since it's still cold outside!
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
Hahaha, that's the one SU3. :D
SU3 SU3 8 years
:ROTFL: Suprisingly, I still remember that episode colormesticky! LOL He was trying to talk to the girl right? haha :DROOL: sugar cookies! Thanks for the recipe :)
Tech Tech 8 years
I think I'll try it. Thanks!
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
Remember that show Home Improvement? Thanks to Jonathan Taylor Thomas, I STILL call them "booger cookies".
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