April 25, 2016
I honestly don't have a sweet tooth and any day I would choose a cheeseburger over a cheesecake. However, baking is one of those things...
I honestly don't have a sweet tooth and any day I would choose a cheeseburger over a cheesecake. However, baking is one of those things I love doing just for fun. When I first moved to New York I would bake brownies and blueberry muffins at 2am, right in the middle of a Netflix marathon me and my roommates were having. But the truth is that baking can also be very tiring and long, and that's probably the reason why I don't do it more often. Waiting an hour for that dough to cool in the fridge, or over an hour for that apple pie doesn't make me very happy – and let's not talk about the bazillion pots and pans you have to clean afterwards...
The other day I was really craving some warm sugar cookies but getting dressed and going out just to get cookies (I usually get them at Insomnia Cookies) seemed kind of silly. So I took a look at my kitchen pantry and decided to just go for it and bake them myself; I used only ingredients I already had (no baking soda, no problem) and the minimun count of utensils. The result? My cookies were pretty delicious (if I may say so myself) and the whole process was done in about 20 minutes! If you ask me, that's what I call a perfect baking experience.
- 1 1/3 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter (softened)
- 3/4 cups of white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 375ºF (190ºC).
- In a small bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.
- Add the egg and vanilla extract.
- Gradually, blend in the flour mix.
- Roll (or just flatten by hand) rounded tablespoonfuls of dough.
- Place onto ungreased cookie sheets (I used only flour, you can use parchment paper if you wish) leaving about 1'' between each cookie.
- Bake from 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned at the edges.
- Let them cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes before removing to cool completely.