Sunday, March 6, 2016

Chewy Sugar Cookies

You know those cake mix cookies that everyone makes and everyone loves because the texture is so amazing.  Well, behold their replacement.  These cookies have the same texture, but they don't have that funky cake mix medicinal aftertaste.  They are so good.  I may or may not have eaten three of them within an hour.

Chewy Sugar Cookies
source: America's Test Kitchen The New Family Cookbook, pg. 614

2 1/4 c flour
1 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1 1/2 c sugar plus 1/3 c for rolling
2 oz cream cheese, cut into 8 chunks
6 T unsalted butter, melted and still warm
1/3 c vegetable oil
1 lg egg
1 T whole milk
2 t vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

In your mixing bowl, add 1 1/2 c sugar and cream cheese.  Add the melted butter and use you paddle attachment on low speed until it is mixed.  Add in the oil.  Mix.  Finally, whisk in the egg, milk, and vanilla until smooth.  Fold in the flour mixture with a rubber spatula until a soft dough forms.

Put the remaining 1/3 c sugar in s small bowl.  Roll about 2 tablespoons of dough into a ball.  Roll it in the sugar.  Place 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet. Using the bottom of a measuring cup, gently press the cookies down and flatten until about 3 inches wide.

Bake for 11-13 minutes.  The edges will be set and start to brown.

Remove and cool.

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