Today, we’re going back to the basics. No more parfaits, or applesauce cakes, or pecan sandies. Not today. Because today, friends, is National Sugar Cookie Day, and we’re going to celebrate the right way: simply. That’s what sugar cookies are, after all. They’re the simplest cookies you can make, and, if we’re being honest, who doesn’t love some lazy cooking every once in a while? And, on top of that, they’re crowd-pleasers. Seriously, nobody can say they don’t love sugar cookies. Simple, traditional, and delicious, sugar cookies are a household staple. So now it’s Household Staple Day — also known as Sugar Cookie Day — and we have the perfect way to celebrate: a recipe for cinnamon sugar butter cookies. Even the name sounds delicious. Cinnamon. Sugar. Butter. You can’t go wrong. [photo via allrecipes]
- 3 tablespoons white sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- Combine the 3 tablespoons white sugar and the cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.
- Blend dark brown sugar and white sugar in a large bowl with mixer on medium speed. Add butter and blend until grainy. Add eggs and vanilla extract, mixing until light and fluffy.
- Whisk flour, baking soda and salt together in a separate bowl. Add to sugar mixture, mixing at low speed just long enough to combine. Remember, over-mixing makes tough cookies!
- Roll dough into 1-inch balls, and then roll each ball into cinnamon-sugar to coat. Place cookies on ungreased cookie sheets and bake at 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) for 18 to 20 minutes. Remove from sheets and let cool on racks.
You really don’t have an excuse not to make these cookies. First of all, July 9 is actually devoted to the sugar cookie. Second of all, you’re not going to find an easier recipe (unless you count going to the supermarket a recipe). And, lastly, it’s just remarkably silly of you to turn down the consumption of a food that has butter, sugar, and cinnamon all in its title.