August 09, 2017
We all love homemade cookies. When we were kids, my mom made these wonderful sugar cookies with cream, and put them in our school lunch boxes. Often times she would send extra to share with my friends…which I did, teaching me a very valuable lesson of how good it felt to share my food. Which is why, to this day, I love the quote from the Greek philosopher Epicurus: “We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink.”
These gems are crispy on the outside, with just the right amount of soft chew on the inside. You can make them crispy all the way through by just baking them longer, and the reverse is true as well – for if you want a chewier cookie, bake them a bit less time. Bake a few at a time to see what you like – they are best eaten completely cooled if you can wait that long.
This recipe will make 42 to 44 cookies and can easily be cut in half to make 21 to 22 cookies. Which is often what I do when desiring a smaller amount for a midnight snack.
• 1 cup salted butter, room temperature
• 2 cups granulated sugar
• 2 room temperature large eggs
• 2 tablespoons heavy cream
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• ½ teaspoon salt
• 2 teaspoons baking powder
• 3 cups all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In an electric mixer (can be done with a hand-held mixer or by hand – for my mom mixed them by hand), combine butter, sugar, and salt, beat until well combined. Add eggs, cream, and vanilla and mix completely. Add flour and mix until thoroughly mixed. Do not over-mix.
Scoop balls of dough with an ice cream scoop (I use a small ice cream scoop that measures a tablespoon full), roll the dough ball in granulated sugar – colored sugars are great for Easter, Christmas, or a fun party – and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. If you do not have an ice cream scoop – use a tablespoon and roll in your hand.
Bake in preheated oven on middle rack for 5 minutes then rotate pan and continue to bake. Depending on the size of your cookie, your desired texture, and how your oven is regulated, these will take between 10 to 15 minutes. It is always good to bake a couple cookies the first time to see how they come out with your oven.