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Progressive Dinner Party Dessert: Sugar Cookies

progressivedinnerbuttonFirst of all, if you’ve come by my blog first, do go head over and have a look at Patti’s coffee cake over at Patti’s Pen and Picks!

As someone who doesn’t like chocolate all that much, I’m always searching for dessert recipes that don’t need chocolate for everyone else to find them delicious.  I have a family full of chocolate lovers, so my efforts don’t always meet with success.  This sugar cookie recipe is a winner, though, and even my husband, who complains that he wants chocolate chip cookies, will sneak a cookie when I’m not looking!  I like these because not only are they delicious, but I often have the ingredients in my cupboard, and so I can make them at almost any time.  They’re also very forgiving and I’ve tried endless variations of this recipe.  This is the one that comes out the best, in my opinion.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • colored sugar (optional, for rolling the cookies in)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F, or 190 degrees C.  Sift together the flour, baking soda, and baking powder and set aside.  Melt the butter and margarine together until very soft and runny, about 30 seconds in the microwave.  You can also use just butter, or just margarine, but I prefer the mix.  Cream together with the sugar.  Once smooth, add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined.  Gradually, add the flour mixture until it all comes together to form a sticky dough.  You can refrigerate it to in order to roll it out for shapes, but drop cookies are easier, so normally I just take teaspoonfuls of the dough and roll in the sugar before placing on an ungreased baking sheet.  They are also fine plain or rolled in cinnamon and sugar.  Bake in the pre-heated oven for 8 minutes for a soft cookie, 10 minutes for crispier cookies.  If you bake them for 8, they will not be browned and will still be very soft, so leave them for a few minutes before placing on a rack to cool.

Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of the colored ones, but here is a recent batch of plain and cinnamon sugar:

IMG_1844And that’s all from me!  If you try these out, please let me know what you think.  In the meantime, head over to Beth Fish Reads and check out her recipe for Double Chocolate Layer Cake.  That ought to satisfy any of you who might be chocolate lovers!  For all today’s recipes, visit the Book Blog Social Club, where this dinner party is hosted.

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