Chewy Sugar Cookies

Chewy Sugar Cookies
(from the Food Network’s show Sweet Dreams, online recipe)
2 3/4 C flour
1 t baking soda
1/2 t baking powder
1 C softened butter
1 1/2 C white sugar
1 egg
1 t vanilla extract
3-4 T buttermilk
Sprinkles or colored sugar (optional)

Making the Cookies (oven at 375°F)
1. Mix together the flour, baking soda, and baking powder.
2. In another bowl, cream the butter and sugar, then add the egg and vanilla extract.
3. Slowly add the dry ingredient mixture to the butter mixture until the flour is incorporated.
4. Stir in enough buttermilk to soften the dough so it can be rolled into balls, but not so much that the dough becomes wet.
5. Roll the dough into tablespoon-sized balls and place them on a pan.
6. Gently flatten each cookie and lightly brush with buttermilk. If desired, press the toppings onto the cookies before baking.
7. Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool on the pan for two minutes before moving to a rack.

Today we set out to complete this simple, fun recipe to make sugar cookies. We lacked buttermilk, so Luke took it upon himself to make homemade buttermilk with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and a cup of milk. First we mixed the dry ingredients, the flour, the baking powder, and the baking soda. In another bowl, we mixed the butter and sugar, hand creaming it and blending in the egg. By mixing the ingredients in the two bowls we were able to start a dry dough. To soften the dough we added about 5 tsp of the homemade buttermilk. Then the dough was ready to to be molded into small balls. We were able to fit 28 of these small cookies onto the cookie pan, and using a cup we flattened the balls into small disks. All that was left to do was to pop them in the oven and wait for our delicious treats to be ready! In retrospect, 28 cookies was too many for one tray, as the cookies grew into one mass. We tried again with less cookies; both batches were equally tasty, even though the first batch wasn’t perfectly shaped.