sugar cookies laced with vanilla

COOKIE RECIPE STUDY NO. 1: I can't abide a household without sweets. Whenever my kitchen cabinets are absent of cookies or sweets - the endless foraging begins. It is like a nostalgic scavenger hunt for sugar; perhaps similar to the Easter egg hunts I attended as a child minus the frilly Sunday best dresses. More often than not, I end up baking something because my supper is not complete until some form of sugar has entered my mouth. The cookie recipe that we have decided to examine ... investigate ... adapt is far cry from time consuming, in fact sugary immediate gratification can be met after a generous 10 minute prep-time and 10-12 minute bake time. All in all, the compulsory desire for sugar can be satisfied in a mere 30 minutes or less, though we do recommend leaving the cookies to set for an hour- but I am impatient. Keep in mind that this recipe is fully adaptable. Throughout this recipe study, we will explore the tastes and flavors that can be included in this recipe. 

 Vanilla Bean and Sugar 

Vanilla Bean and Sugar 

 Prepping for glazing 

Prepping for glazing 

 All glistening with glaze  

All glistening with glaze  

Yield: 40-46 cookies

Difficulty: Beginner

Total Prep & Bake Time: Approximately 30 Minutes

 Ingredients for Cookies

  • 2 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of Half n' Half Cream (less fat in it)
  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg

Glaze:

  • 1/4 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of Half n' Half Cream

Directions: 

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg, vanilla, and cream and beat until combined. With mixer on low, mix in flour mixture.

2. Drop dough by 1-inch scoops, onto two baking sheets lined with wax baking paper. Bake 10-12 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Let cool 2 minutes on sheets, then transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

3. To make the glaze, whisk together confectioners' sugar, cream and vanilla extract until smooth. Brush the tops of the cookies with the glaze then let the glaze set for 1 hour.