Tuesday, December 16, 2008

World's Best Sugar Cookies



An oldie but goody from the vault...

I found a recipe for "The World's Best Sugar Cookies" on cooks.com. These cookies are incredible. My friends and I think it may have something to do with the combination of oil, powdered sugar and butter.

If you use this recipe for cut-out cookies: the dough is airy and the cookies are very fragile. I wouldn't advise making super thin cookies; go a little thicker to avoid breakage. Use chilled dough and a metal spatula (I use a smaller cake server) to transfer cookie dough from your work surface to the cookie sheet. Also, I remove from the oven right at 10 minutes to avoid over-baking.

Enjoy!

WORLD'S BEST SUGAR COOKIES
Printed from COOKS.COM

Ingredients

1 c. butter
1 c. vegetable oil
1 c. sugar
1 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 beaten eggs
5 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cream of tartar

Cream butter, oil and sugars; add vanilla. Stir in eggs and beat well, add dry ingredients and chill. Roll in walnut size ball, flatten with glass dipped in sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Very crisp. Half of a recipe makes a lot.

Frosting (optional)

1/4 cup butter
1 tsp. vanilla
2 T milk
2 cups powdered sugar
Food colorings

p.s. Making a big batch of cookies this Christmas? Don't forget the "unsung heroes" who work so hard behind-the-scenes on our behalf-- e.g., the mail carriers, refuse collectors, and all those wonderful folks in the many service industries we've come to rely upon. Imagine the world without them!

(Pic by georgie grd; see flickr.com for restrictions.)

4 comments:

T said...

mmmmmmmmmm... can't stop eating 'em.

make some more please!

Sarah Onderdonk said...

Wait 'til you try the next batch! I'm going to use soy butter and turbinado sugar (cut in half, of course).

Tastes great and good for you!

:)

(p.s. friends, this is a little inside joke... you will not want to share the soy butter version with anyone other than your vegan friends--do you have any of those??--who are used to things looking and tasting a little "different"... believe it or not, i've actually used soy butter in this recipe. they taste good... but come out of the oven looking a little like dirt... not too festive, really...)

della said...

Can't wait to try this recipe ... thanks for sharing.

Merry Christmas, Sarah, to you and your sweet family!

Sarah Onderdonk said...

Merry Christmas, Della! You survived the semester! Yea!
I almost didn't! The Friday before Christmas, I got up bright and early to take the final exam... slogged through it... then forgot to hit "save"... into thin air it went! So I had the joy of taking the ST102 final exam twice! Special, isn't it?