I don’t feel like writing proper posts, so here are a few of the easy recipes for students I’ve been promising. First up: Sugar Cookies.
This is a very easy recipe that only takes about 20 minutes in total to make. Most of the ingredients are those you will already have at home, and even if you don’t, they are very easy and cheap to buy. For American students in England, ‘all purpose flour’ can be replaced with ‘plain flour’. Some stores also carry ‘self-rising flour’, but I am hesitant about buying it because it sounds like the type we get back home that already includes the salt and baking powder. Because I don’t know how it would throw off my recipes, I don’t buy it. So, again, I recommend ‘plain flour’.
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C, or Gas Mark 5). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
- Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.
- This is an easily modified recipe, so I will often add cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, all-spice, cloves, or any other spices at hand. I have also, on occasion, added chocolate pieces (be it chocolate chips or just broken pieces of a dark chocolate bar).
- I remember when I looked up this recipe originally, the owner said that it works best when the butter is very, very soft. Therefore, you might want to leave the necessary amount of butter out on the counter top since the night before. Alternatively, you can do as I did and put it in a heat-resistant container and place the container next to the stove (NOT on the fire/hot plate, but close to it) for ten minutes or so. You don’t want the butter melted, just softened.
- For the inexperienced baker: when you first remove the cookies from the oven, they will be soft; they won’t harden until they are cooled down, so don’t be put off, and DON’T stick them back in the oven.
- Also, cookies ‘grow’ in the oven, don’t make the dough balls the size you want the cookie to be, but slightly smaller, or you’ll end up with an even bigger cookie.
Well, there you have it, the easiest cookies to make: sugar cookies. Here’s some pictures of mine:
PS. If you have any comments or suggestions, there is a handy space for them just below 😉