Thursday, May 12, 2011

Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

I love "old fashioned" cookie recipes that don't call for modern ingredients like peanut butter chips and the like. And I really like a good sugar cookie. I was intrigued that this sugar cookie recipe called for a cultured milk product (buttermilk, yogurt, or sour cream). These cookies really surprised me when the puffed right up! They have a cake like texture and are just subtly sweet.

I made two sheets of cookies -- one I made with a teaspoon sized cookie scoop and the other with a 2 teaspoon sized cookie scoop. I definitely like the smaller ones better. I didn't have any raisins so I put a pecan on a few of them, but the pecans don't fit well. Next time, I'll try raisins.

Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 sticks (1 cup), butter, softened
2 eggs
1 cup plain yogurt (or sour cream or buttermilk)
3 3/4 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or lemon extract)
Raisins (optional)

Cream sugar and butter until blended and fluffy, about 5 minutes.  Add eggs and beat well to combine. Add milk, dry ingredients and vanilla. Mix thoroughly.

Drop by teaspoonsful onto parchment lined baking sheets, If desired, place a raisin in the center of each cookie and press down slightly so the raisin stays in place.

Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

Adapted from The Fix It or Forget It Blog.

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