These are the American-style soft sugar cookies! Terrific plain or you can add sweets or nuts. This recipe uses basic ingredients you probably already have.
I would like to spare some people the trouble of figuring out why these cookies didn't come out right. I read some reviews before I started and some people mentioned that there cookies were hard and the batter was crumbly. I can tell you why. MAKE SURE THE BUTTER IS COMPLETELY SOFTENED. I made 2 batches of cookies for a bake sale. When I started I thought my butter was soft (and it was). The mix became hard and brittle. The cookies after they cooled were hard. I was disappointed but had to make another batch as I promised. When I made the second batch the butter had been sitting the whole time and was super soft. The texture of that batter was completely different and those cookies were soft even after they had cooled. THE TRICK IS THE BUTTER. Don't start until it's like mush. My son tasted the first batch and said I don't like them. I had him taste the second batch and he thought those were good. I used two teaspoons of vanilla instead of one to give it a little more flavor. Also, you really only need about a teaspoon of batter for each cookie...they really expand while baking. Another reviewer mentioned that the secret to great sugar cookies is to use margarine which I did. Hope this helps some of you from making the same mistake I did! This is a good recipe however I gave it three stars because I realize I don't really care for sugar cookies..too plain for my taste. - 11 Sep 2006 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
YUM...the easiest and the best-tasting sugar cookie recipe i've tried. I like the fact that you don't have to refrigerate the dough for hours before actually baking. Because of that, you can't cut them into shapes. But if you're happy with just round cookies, then this is the recipe for you. ALSO, if you like soft cookies, make sure you take them out in 8 minutes, even though they won't be a golden brown. Ten minutes and they turn crunchy after they've cooled. Make them tonight - they're SO easy and most everyone should have the ingredients in their pantry. - 21 Nov 2006 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I know this will sound melodramatic, but I've been looking for a good sugar cookie recipe my whole life. I had accepted the fact that I would never find it when I tried this recipe. The cookies baked up crispy and buttery, just the right amount of sweetness, chewy for days. Just writing this review makes me want to go to the kitchen and bake up another batch! I make cookies for other people every year, and wanted something different for myself, and thought that I'd just give it a try. I will use this recipe forever and pass it down to my kids... grandkids... you get the picture! :-) - 16 Jan 2002 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)