It’s not very often I get to talk about my kids in my posts. This time I can and want to share a little about my daughter. So sorry for the long story, but it’s all why I ended up with this recipe. For those of you who don’t know, my 5 year old daughter has a genetic disorder called Turner Syndrome. Along with Turner Syndrome comes the possibility of a learning disability. My daughter has been diagnosed with that learning disability. It falls within the autism spectrum. She has also been diagnosed with ADHD.
We have been having a therapist come into our home for over a year now. She has helped my daughter to be able to do things that most children he age should be doing, like imaginary play. Last month her therapist told me our next step was to have very structured play dates. My daughter current doesn’t really play or interact with children her own age. She would much rather have conversations with an adult.
So I was suppose to find a child closer to the age of 3 , because that is what age my daughter is mentally and arrange a half hour play date. The play date was suppose to consist of 2 activities. For her first play date, I decided we would blow bubbles then frost and decorate sugar cookies. My daughters 2 favorite cookies are sugar cookies and ginger snap cookies. The day before the play date I was getting ready to make the cookies, to have them all ready for the play date. I went to my pantry hoping to find a Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix, because I just wanted something quick and easy to whip together and bake. Come to find out I have every other Betty Crocker Cookie mix except sugar cookies.
After finding out I didn’t have a sugar cookie mix, I remembered that my sister-in-law recently was a gem and baby sat my daughter for me. While my daughter was at her house, she was snarffing down some sugar cookie like crazy. My sister-in-law was telling me that the cookies she was eating came from a delicious recipe she makes all the time. She also told me that you don’t have to roll them out and that they are good enough to eat without frosting. So I called her up to see if I could get the recipe to make cookies for the play date. She emailed it right over.
So I made these cookies and they were so easy. I do however; think I cooked them a little too long. My sister-in-law said she cooked them for 9 minutes and left them on the cookie sheet for a minute or two to get chewy, soft cookies. My oven must cook hotter because they turned out a little crunchy. But let me tell you, even though they turned out crunchy, they were still fabulous. The flavor is so yummy. Beware if you make these, you’ll become addicted. I totally am an addict now. And the fact that they are so easy to make doesn’t help, because you can whip a batch together in no time it’s hard to not want to make them all the time! They are also so fabulous without frosting. Typing this post right now is making me want to make a batch and throw them in the oven. I do think that next time I am going to try to cook them less (for the 8 minutes) or even try to make them with half butter and half shortening to see if that keeps them soft and chewy. Trust me, you need this recipe.
My daughter and play date had a fun time and loved the cookies too. You can check out the picture of my daughter enjoying her cookies below. We had pink and purple frosting to decorate the cookies with because my daughter’s favorite colors are pinkalicous and purplicious.
Easy Sugar Cookies
2 3/4 C all-purpose flour
1 t baking soda
1/2 t baking powder
1 cup butter, SOFTENED
1 1/2 C white sugar
1 t vanilla extract
1. Preheat to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
3. Bake 8-10 minutes, or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet tow minutes before removing to cool on wire racks. (I think it made around 2-3 dozen)