Sunday, July 14, 2013

A Favorite Sugar Cookie

Sometimes only a sugar cookie will satisfy...and this recipe delivers!!  Chewy inside with a brown crispy edge and a rich butter flavor, makes for a perfect sugar cookie.  This recipe comes from one of my favorite Minneapolis restaurants, "Lucia's", owned by Lucia Watson.  Whenever homemade ice cream is on the menu I make sure to leave room for dessert because a few of these cookies are always served on the side.

1 stick butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla or almond extract
1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder

Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in the egg and vanilla or almond extract.  Sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder, then stir into the butter mixture to make a soft dough.  Scoop up teaspoonfuls of the dough and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet, about 3 inches apart.  To shape each cookie, dip the bottom of a flat juice glass or cookie press in water, then in sugar, and press each mound of dough.  Bake in a preheated 375 oven for about 8-10 minutes, or until the edges are light brown and the center is golden.  Remove the cookies from the sheet and cool on a wire rack.