Monday, March 24, 2014

Vanilla Sugar-Doodle Cookies

I am well into my second semester of my sophomore year of college. 

First and second exams have happened, papers have been written, lab reports have been submitted.

I needed some kitchen time to de-stress and forget about school for awhile.

These cookies are so simple, I had all the ingredients I needed already!  (which is good for my bank account)

But don't let their simplicity deter you.  These may not seem like the kind of cookie you crave, and think about while you lay in bed at night, but believe me when I say these cookies are ADDICTING. (I ate three in one class alone)

You may be thinking I'm just being biased, and of course I'm going to think my own baking is fantastic, but I chose two lucky friends to try these out as well and they more than agreed with me!

Vanilla Sugar Doodle Cookies
Recipe Adapted From: Averie Cooks

1/2 C unsalted butter
1/2 C granulated sugar
1/2 C packed brown sugar (light or dark)
1 large egg
2 Tbsp milk
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 3/4 C all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and line your baking sheet with parchment paper.

Beat the butter on low speed until smooth, takes about 1 to 2 minutes.

Add both sugars and cream thoroughly with the butter.

Add egg, milk, and vanilla and beat on medium until light and fluffy, scraping sides as you go.  This will take about 4 to 5 minutes.  It is very important to beat the dough long enough to ensure the cookies rise and do not fall.

Add the flour, baking soda, and salt.  Mix on low until just combined, about 1 minute. 

Drop large spoon-fulls of the dough onto the parchment paper, about 3 Tbsp.  Give them at least two inches in-between cookies.  Bake for about 8-10 minutes, depending on your oven.  (mine took just over 8 minutes)  They will be a nice golden color.

Allow cookies to cool for at least 2 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack or wax paper or cutting board, whatever tickles your fancy. 

This recipe is for a smaller batch, 18-20 cookies, so if you need a lot make sure you double the recipe!

Enjoy! :)