Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Soft Sugar Cookies

I may have been neglecting my sewing and crafting, but I would never neglect my husband's sweet tooth.

This is his all time favorite cookie. I think they are pretty good, but then again, I don't really like cookies that don't involve chocolate.  ;)

Here is the recipe:

3/4 c sugar
 2/3 c Crisco shortening
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
4 tsp milk
1 1/2 c flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

In large bowl, cream together Crisco, sugar, and vanilla.
Add egg and milk. beat until light and fluffy.
In separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.
Add to sugar mixture 1/3 at a time until incorporated.

Scoop onto parchment lined baking sheet by rounded teaspoons.  (You can leave alone, which is what I do, or you can press them down a bit.)

(Parchment paper is my favorite discovery. I won't bake cookies without it!  It keeps them from sticking, and prevents the bottoms of the cookies from being darker than the top.  Love the stuff. You can find it on the same aisle as ziplocs and wax paper.)

Bake at 375 for 8-12 minutes. 
Mine took exactly 12.
It will depend on how big your scoops were.

They will remain a light color.  If they turn golden brown, they are over baked!
Let cool for a minute or two on baking sheet, then move to wire cooling rack.
Once cool, top with your favorite frosting or icing.


For my icing, I sifted 2 c powdered sugar and added just under 1/4 c milk.
(Start with less, add more if needed.) 
Beat until smooth. 
Add desired food color. 
Spoon onto your cookies (or dip them right in!)

**UPDATE** I guess I make teeny cookies! :) I roll mine into about 1-1 1/2 inch balls, and get a ton of cookies. Roll em however you want...I just like these babies to be on the smaller size.
I also have discovered a frosting recipe that sends these over the edge in the yum department.
Frosting
1 stick softened butter (the good stuff like Land o' Lakes)
1 lb powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 c water plus extra as needed
In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until smooth, about 20 seconds. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla extract and 1/4 cup water. Beat on low speed until combined. Increase the speed to high and beat until the mixture is smooth, adding more water, as needed, 1 teaspoon at a time, until the frosting is spreadable. Divide the frosting between 3 small bowls. Color the frosting by mixing in 1 drop of food coloring at a time, until the desired color is reached. Spread the frosting over the cooled cookies and decorate.
(found here)

Happy baking!

Today I am thankful for our wonderful church.

23 comments:

Please leave COMMENTS! said...

YOUR AMAZING!!!

Angie said...

YOU are amazing, Jessica! But thank you! :)

Kenzie said...

These look so good! Now I really want a cookie!

Melissa said...

Wow...these look really good. I've been looking for a soft sugar cookie recipe! So happy! Do you think you could roll the dough out and cut shapes or am I asking too much!?

Angie said...

This dough it too sticky to roll out, but I have another great recipe that is perfect for roll out cookies that I would be happy to email you! I don't know when I could bake some up to do a post, but I love sharing recipes!

Stacy @ She's {kinda} Crafty said...

those look so good and not all fussy like rolled out sugar cookies!

Dawn said...

oh yum! they look delicious! this is my 13 yr old's favorite recipe-thanks for sharing!

Chic Creations said...

Oh, yummy! I must make these soft ones. Thanks for sharing.

Jenni said...

This is just the recipe I have been looking for! (A soft sugar cookie that you don't have to roll.) And they look wonderful! :) Thanks so much for sharing...

Blessings,
Jenni
{Beautiful Nest}

Amy P said...

Gotta try these! Love sugar cookies you don't have to roll and cut :)

Jamielyn said...

yum these look amazing!! I want to make them!

Sandy said...

I just love sugar cookies and the season is upon us to make lots.. thanks for sharing this great recipe.. I'm making them this week!
Thanks!
Sandy

Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El/e) said...

I love the idea of these, and so I'm making them ASAP. I'm having a birthday party tomorrow, two cakes and an apple crisp to bake (plus "real food"), and I wish I could try these too.

But...would you please send me the cookie cutter recipe too? I'm struggling with my cut out cookies, they often bake into blobs, and I find myself saying, "Well that's supposed to be an..."

;)

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

These look so delicious. And so festive with the orange frosting. I am thinking these would be much easier than the pumpkin cutout cookies I was planning to make for our Halloween party. :)

Chrissy said...

Hi! I found your blog over at Tatertots and Jello and I'm so excited to try some of your recipes! I am not a cook by ANY means, but I'm still excited to try! Thanks!

The Chambs said...

The cookies look great! Parchment paper is a must have in our kitchen as well. What did I ever do without it before? not sure, lol.
Following you from He Cooks, I Eat over at www.lifewiththechambs.blogspot.com
Come visit sometime :-)

Erin A said...

These look delicious, thanks for sharing! Roughly how many does this recipe make?

Thanks!!

Angie said...

Hi Erin! I usually get about 40-45 cookies from this recipe, depending on how big I scoop the dough.

Thanks for all of the comments, ladies! I hope your families enjoy these as much as mine does!

Jason and Danielle said...

I made these today for dessert and they turned out amazing. I just wanted to let you know I posted them on my blog and linked it back to you. Thanks for the yummy dessert idea:>

Jason and Danielle said...

I made these today for dessert and they turned out amazing. I just wanted to let you know I posted them on my blog and linked it back to you. Thanks for the yummy dessert idea:>

Angie said...

I'm glad you liked them, and thanks for linking to me! :)

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Kim said...

Oh my goodness! You are the "QUEEN' in my family's book! We have a bakery in town who is famous for cookies exactly like these - made them tonight at home, and they are sooooooo good & taste just like the bakery's. No more buying from them! THANKS! Linked up to ya: http://inspiringmindswantotknow.blogspot.com/2011/01/best-cookies.html