What you'll need
2 (9x13 inch) Baking sheets
Can use cookie sheets in place of baking sheets
DO NOT USE WAX PAPER
1 Drinking glass / mug
1 Large Mixing Bowl
1 Cooling rack
Potholders can be used if you don't have acooling rack
1 Cookie Scoop (OPTIONAL)
1 Mixing spoon (OPTIONAL)
1 CUP Flour
1 CUP Sugar
3 additional TABLESPOONS Sugar
Set this sugar aside for now, you'll use it later to sprinkle on the cookies
Can use colored sugars/ sprinkles
1 Stick Butter softened
(1 Stick of butter = 1/2 cup Butter)
NOTE: You may need an extra TABLESPOON or 2 of butter if the dough is too dry.
1 TABLE SPOON WATER (to soften butter)
What to do
Preheat Oven to 350F
While Oven Is preheating:
Place Enough Parchment paper on BAKING SHEETS to cover them
This can be tricky as parchment paper tends to curl!
Soften the butter
You can leave it out ahead of time
or if it's from the fridge
Microwave it for about 30 seconds in a mug with the water
Add Sugar to MIXING BOWL
Add Butter to MIXING BOWL
Mix the Butter and Sugar Together until they are "fluffy"
NOTE: This might also be called " Cream the Butter and Sugar"
Add Flour to MIXING BOWL
Add 1/4 a cup at a time and mix in
Mix until the dough looks/feels kind of like WET SAND
You can use a large spoon/ fork or your hands (wash them first!)
NOTE: If the dough to too dry
add another TABLESPOON of butter
Place 1-inch spheroids of cookie dough onto the parchment paper-lined baking sheets
Make sure these are spaced out as they'll expand during smooshing and cooking!
Flatten the dough spheroids using the glass
The dough should flatten out to about 2-inch wide discs, about 3/16 of an inch in thickness
Sprinkle the cookies with about a 1/2 TSP of sugar each
The oven might finish preheating while you are preparing the dough, that's fine! There's no need to rush to get the cookies in the oven!
Once the oven is preheated:
Place the baking sheets into the oven as close to the middle-level rack as possible.
Bake at 350 F for about 12 minutes
Cookies will be a light golden brown on the bottom when done
Turn Off Oven
Remove baking sheets from the oven and let the cookies cool for 10 minutes
CAUTION: The baking sheets will be HOT
Place the baking sheets on a cooling rack or on Potholders!
About 12 to 18
Do not use wax paper!
Wax paper cannot withstand the heat of the oven and will melt!
These cookies are pretty versatile!
You can add cinnamon, vanilla extract, or almond extract, etc. to change the flavour!
There's a lot of things you can do, feel free to experiment!
According to the USDA:
Bakery or homemade cookies can be stored at room temperature two to three weeks or two months in the refrigerator. Cookies retain their quality when stored in the freezer for eight to 12 months. Moist bars, such as cheesecake and lemon bars, can be refrigerated for seven days. For best quality, store bars in the freezer for two to three months."