Now that school is back in session, our weekends are usually filled with errand-running and other busy activities that give us very little time to just relax and spend time together. Today, we decided that puttering around the house was a great idea.
Our 12-year-old daughter’s idea of relaxing is baking. She definitely did not inherit this talent from me. I loathe baking. All of that measuring and waiting just drives me crazy. I am a much more organic cook – a little of this, a pinch of that, a smidge of this.
Today she decided that she would relax by making sugar cookies from scratch. I love baking when all I have to do is put the dough on the pizza stone and take it off. Unfortunately for my healthy initiative, they turned out great!!!
In case you are a baking-lover like my daughter or just want to try your hand at these great cookies, here is the recipe:
2 2/3 cups of flour
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1 cup of softened butter
Pre-heat the oven to 375 (350 if you are using a dark or non-stick cookie sheet)
Sift flour, baking soda and baking powder into a bowl. In a separate bowl, cream the butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla using a mixer. Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until completely incorporated. Roll into golf ball sized balls and bake for 8-12 minutes.
Tips: If you don’t know how your oven runs, cook one cookie first to determine timing. This way you won’t ruin a whole batch.
Also you can definitely bake these on a cookie sheet, but we prefer the texture created by cooking them on a pizza stone. Not only does the stone pre-heat in the oven for more even cooking, the bottoms are a little crispy and the rest of the cookie is nice and soft.
After they are baked, you can definitely get creative! Dip 1/2 in tempered chocolate or frost them with your favorite icing. The possibilities are endless.
Enjoy your cookies and the weekend with your families!