Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies a la Beth

2c(10oz.) unbleached AP flour
1/2tsp. baking powder
1/4tsp.salt
16Tb.(2sticks) unsalted butter-softened but firm
1c(7oz.) granulated sugar-plus 1/2c.(3 1/2oz) for rolling in dough
1T. light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 tsp. Vanilla

Heat oven to 375, and make sure racks are at the lower middle position.

In mixer with paddle, beat butter with 1c. sugar and brwon sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy,-about 3 min.(longer flufffing will result in flat cookies) scraping down sides as needed. Add egg, vanilla,, and continue to beat at medium speed until combined(30 sec). Add dry ingredients on low speed until just combined(scraping down bowl as needed).

Prepare a small dish with 1/2c. sugar and small hand bowl with water for dipping fingers in while coating dough with sugar. Roll heaping tablesppons of dough into a ball with moistened hands, roll ball in sugar. Set 2 inches apart, on a parchment lined pan. Using a butter wrapper, butter the bottom of a drinking glass and press balls until they are 3/4 inch thick.

Bake until golden around edges, and very lightly colored in the center. (15-18min). Rotate pans halfway through baking time..(front to back-top to bottom). Cool then eat!

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