Believe it or not, I don’t think I ever had homemade sugar cookies. But I do love simple cookies. Aka I am not the king to add glaze to a simple delicious cookie.
So last night, I ended up making my first homemade cookies. And store-bought, as always, is clearly not as good as homemade ;).
Adaptation of Sugar Cookies, Real Simple Recipes
- 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/8 tsp baking soda
- 1/8 tsp fine sea salt
- 1/2 cup Earth Balance buttery spread
- 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp unrefined cane sugar
- 1/8 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Turbinado sugar & sprinkles (optional)
Directions; In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. In a second bowl, beat butter and sugar with a hand mixer until smooth. Add applesauce and mix for about 30 sec (it will become more fluffy). Mix in vanilla.
Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually add dry ingredients, mixing until just incorporated (dough will be crumbly). Shape into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350°F and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
On a floured surface, use your hands to spread out the dough until about 1/4 inch thick (tried rolling pin – didn’t work). Use a glass or cookie cutters to cut the dough. Place cookies on baking sheet and sprinkle with turbinado sugar and sprinkles.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the edges are just starting to brown. Cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes.
Makes 10 medium cookies
I don’t like my desserts too sweet and these cookies have the perfect amount of sugar for me! They are crunchy on the edges and a little more chewy in the middle. I love the crunchy effect of turbinado sugar on top :).
And the sprinkles are festive ;).