Last night was my last night of teaching swimming lessons; I’ve had a great class of 5 and 6 year olds for the last six weeks. Because they’ve been so awesome, and because it’s so close to Christmas, and because I look for any excuse to bake, I wanted to bake them some cookies. Because that’s what kids need more of at Christmas, right? SUGAR!
I needed a recipe that I could count on. One that wouldn’t take me an eternity to make. And one that I could easily make festive without needing the time to decorate.
And so, I turned to the recipe for the best sugar cookies EVER.
Mix this stuff in one bowl:
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
And this stuff in another:
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon almond extract (or vanilla, or peppermint, or….take your pick!)
Combine! Mix it up. You’ll probably need to use your hands to incorporate the last bit of flour. Roll balls of cookie dough and bake them on an ungreased cookie sheet. I highly recommend sprinkling them with a bit of sugar, or dipping the tops in sprinkles. Especially at Christmas, which is incomplete with sprinkles. Obviously.