That’s right, the only incentive I need to jump on the early-holiday-celebration-bandwagon is a really good cookie recipe.
Honestly, a mediocre cookie recipe will do. Or, even those break apart dealies you buy in the dairy case at the grocery store. So long as I can eat them raw, in my living room, while my kids are at school, without anyone telling me that I’m going to get Salmonella poisoning or saddle bags.
But, this is not that. This, amigos, is greatness.
A greatness that was discovered one afternoon while searching desperately for a hidden container of oatmeal with which to make the oatmeal cookies I was pining after, that morphed unexpectedly into a pantry purging session. This is a detestable task that I do so infrequently that I’m always surprised with some hidden gems. Like the bag of slightly stale Vanilla Wafers I discovered wedged behind a basically empty box of Frosted Flakes.
Initially I was unhappy with this discovery. Because I wanted my freaking oatmeal cookies. But then I thought, why throw an entire bag of Vanilla Wafers away?
They’re like sweet little bread crumbs, right?
You know, mostly.
Point is, when crumbled up finely and added to cookie batter in the place of flour, they make a mean sugar cookie that you and your holiday guests will eat up like, um, cookies!
Make at your own risk.
Holiday Cookie Happiness: The Absolute, Most Very Best Sugar Cookie Recipe Ever
1 cup butter- softish
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup finely crushed Vanilla Wafers (totally okay if they’re stale)
1 teaspoon baking soda
Preheat oven to 350.
Beat the butter, sugar, and brown sugar with an electric mixer until nicely mixed. Add the eggs and vanilla; mix, mix, mix.
Take a moment to listen as DudeMom climbs atop her soap box: Personally, I’ve never understood the whole separate-bowl-for-dry-ingredients-thing because I just toss everything in one bowl (no need to make extra dirty dishes!) and they come out fine. But, if this is a rule you abide by, now is the time to get out that second bowl and combine all of the dry ingredients in it before adding them to the wet ingredients. I say skip the middle man (aka bowl #2), but you don’t have to listen to me. Annnnd, dismount.
Combine dry ingredients with the wet; mix, mix, mix.
Scoop big ole hunks of dough onto your cookie sheets and bake for about 11 minutes until they look brown and tasty and ready to eat. Some ovens will cook faster, some ovens will cook slower, some ovens will cook just right. Just sit yourself outside of your oven and watch them until they look delicious, then take them out and repeat!
Prepare your mind as friends and family will come from afar to partake in your tasty treat. You will want to locate a really clandestine cookie hiding place (NOT YOUR PANTRY- they always look there first) if you hope to enjoy any of these tasty morsels yourself. And, stock up on the Vanilla Wafers, you’re gonna need them!
Cookies got you in the mood to be Wordful? Join my co-host, Angie at Seven Clown Circus, and me by linking up your Wordful Wednesday post below. We will feature our fave next week like this awesome November sunset from last week’s linker, Angry Julie Monday: