My sister loves plain old sugar cookies. She actually prefers them without icing (… she also prefers the cone instead of the ice cream; which is fine by me, I will take her ice-cream!). I decided to try these old fashioned sugar cookies for her. I eliminated the lemon zest and juice, and replaced it with vanilla because I was really looking for plain sugar cookies without any lemony flavor. And I think I really found it! These cookies were thinner–and really spread during baking. They were crisp in the outside and chewy in the center. I used a 2-inch ice-cream scoop but made sure that I had generous scoops; and ended up about 26 cookies that had diameter of about 4-5 inches.
I was pretty happy with the result; and this recipe is definitely a keeper in my recipe box. This is great not just for the holidays- but all through the year. Happy eating!
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest, plus 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 cup unsalted butter, (2 sticks), softened
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla (my add)
Sanding sugar, for sprinkling