The Sugar Cookie

November 18, 2014

Sugar CookiesSometimes you just need simplicity to reign in your life so you don’t have to struggle with all the other crazy things life brings. We all have enough headaches throughout the course of our days with traffic to work, work itself, people showing up to work that don’t want to work, never having enough time to get everything done, and then traffic home where you have made so many decisions at this point your go to answer to everything becomes “I don’t care.” After all this, simplicity always wins out for me. Being a chef everyone always peppers you with very specific questions or statements about your food life, something like,  A.) Whats your favorite thing to cook? For which my response is always: “I’m a moody eater, therefore my moods govern my favorite thing to cook at any given time.” or B.) You must eat great meals every night! For this my response is “No, you are crazy.” My favorite thing to have in the evening time in the summer is a cold salad of some sort, like a summer salad or pasta salad; in the winter time it switches to grilled sandwiches (grilled cheese mostly) and soup (I’m a fan of simplistic tomato). See where this is going? After a long day at work where we cook for so many people, manage time and space and arrange for things to go just right, keeping it simple at home is my favorite. I know everyone likes to go to restaurants and order crazy things that they would never be able to do at home, and I say go for it! You get that lobster mac, or that entree salad with everything on it that ends up making the calories more than the other entree you were checking out that you thought was way more fattening than a salad. Because at home, we are gonna keep it simple, pasta and cheese, yes please, and a salad with, hmmm. . . . what do I need to get rid of before it goes bad?

Life is Messy!

Life is Complicated!

Lets Un-Complicate it: Well maybe we will just make some cookies that are really simple and eat a few and feel less complicated yea?! Sounds like a good plan to me too. I have a huge stock pot of cookie cutters that I need to dust off now that the holiday season is upon us (and yes, I have listened to a Christmas song or two and I totally watched The Grinch last week.) Cookies are going to be your best friend so let me throw a very simplistic cookie recipe your way and you can just bake your feelings and enjoy!

 

 

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Sugar Cookie
Simplistic sugar cookie dough that is easily manipulated to handle many inclusions and flavor profiles. My base for many of my favorite cookies.
Course Desserts
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings
dozen
Ingredients
Course Desserts
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings
dozen
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Cream together the butter and sugar, until light and fluffy.
  2. Once the mixture is thoroughly combined, slowly add the eggs and the vanilla and almond extract. While this is mixing go ahead and combine your dry ingredients.
  3. Stop and scrape down your mixing bowl to make sure everything is mixed properly. Slowly add the dry ingredients a little at a time. The mixture will seem dry, but once ready, it will come together.
  4. Take your dough to a floured surface and roll out to the desired thickness, I prefer mine about 1/4 of an inch thick. But it is your choice entirely. You can also scoop these cookies and press them into rounds with a glass bottom, or your hands if you don't want to use the cutout method.
  5. Place on baking sheets with 1/2 an inch of room between cookies and bake on 350˚ F for approximately 8-10 minutes, or until the edge just turns golden.
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