Laura Vitale's Soft Vanilla Sugar Cookies
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder (Yes! 1/4 teaspoon)
3/4 cup butter at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Put parchment paper on two half-sheet pans.
In a large bowl or in your stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until they are light. Add the eggs and vanilla and continue whisking/beating. This will take about one to two minutes
In a separate bowl combine the flour, salt, and baking powder and mix well, then add in to the sugar/butter/egg mixture until well-combined but be gentle and quick...don't stir very long or you can toughen the cookies. Not so much fun to eat tough cookies...
Using a 2-Tablespoon portion scoop or a heaping tablespoon, scoop out the dough and put no more than twelve cookie dough globs on each cookie sheet. I bake them one at a time but if you want to cook two at once you MUST rotate the cookie sheets around half way through to cook them evenly.
Bake 10-12 minutes. My cookies, one sheet at a time needed 12 minutes to be baked. They should be pale on top and lightly browned around the edges. They are nice and soft with a tiny crisp circumference.
Because I tend to gild the lily, I decided to put some Wilton Candy Melts on top as an icing of sorts. Also because I did not want a lot of dishes to wash (since I had already put the dishwasher running and I DEPLORE opening the dishwasher door after deciding it was full enough to set going, unlike SOME people in our home...) I put two different colors of candy melts in a cereal bowl and microwaved them for 30 seconds, stirred, then for another 15 seconds.
This is what they looked like finished:
Not so hot to look at but since the kids that eat them receive them at 6 AM, they may possibly not be quite awake and are less likely to notice imperfections. At least, that is what I tell myself...
Dear One came home and went right to the unfrosted cookies. In moments they were gone. I broke down and ate two of them myself. R-r-r-r! They did taste pretty good and the soft, yet crisp, is really a winning combination to my way of thinking, but I did NOT want to eat any. Companionable eating/social eating is a very bad thing for some bodies...