My grandmother made really good sugar cookies.
Yeah, yeah, everyone’s grandmother probably did. But the thing is, sugar cookies have never been my favorite. I could take them or leave them. But hers? No way. I ate them all up every time she baked them.
Sugar cookies are my son’s favorite, but I used to avoid making them because I didn’t like the work involved with either rolling out dough or making a log and slicing off cookies. But this recipe is simplicity itself. My son can get his cookies, and I can spend more time playing Connect Four with him instead of rolling out cookies.
I’m going to keep this one short, since I’ve had a heck of a week. I’ll spare you the details, but I’ve been yelled at and kicked enough for one seven-day period. Yep, I’ve got small children. They’re cute and lovable about 85% of the time, fussy 10%, and scary monsters the other 5%. Some days I just. Cannot. Deal.
Are any of you familiar with the afternoon rush? No, I’m not talking about rush hour, with the cars honking everywhere. Luckily, I have a 10-minute commute. I’m talking about what happens when you walk in the door and several small people come hurtling themselves at you, all talking at the same time.
It’s totally overwhelming, but I suspect I’ll miss it someday. From what I can tell of teenagers based on the students I teach, kids stop oversharing with their parents at some point, which means I will someday come home to kids hiding in their rooms, trying to avoid me. I should probably enjoy the afternoon rush now, even though it makes me want to crawl under the dining room table and cover my ears with my hands.
What can I say? Kids are loud.
On those busy, overwhelming days, only a simple cookie recipe will suffice. That is, if you choose to bake at all. With these, you just press the dough into a rectangle, sprinkle with sugar (or fun green sugary sprinkles in honor of St. Paddy’s Day!), bake and cut. Couldn’t be easier!
Now my son is happy, and even though these are not my grandmother’s classic sugar cookies, they are definitely good. Besides, if his mouth is full of cookie when I get home, then maybe the afternoon rush will be just that much quieter!
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1/3 cup oil
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 and 1/2 cups flour
1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
sugar or sugar sprinkles for dusting
- Preheat the oven to 350. Line a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the first six ingredients together until light and fluffy. Combine the dry ingredients and mix until incorporated.
- Pat the cookie dough evenly onto the prepared pan, forming a thin rectangle that measures almost to each edge of the pan. Evenly distribute the sugar or sprinkles on top.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes until the cookies are set and turning golden at the edges.
- Cool for 10 minutes. Cut into bars. Store in an airtight container.