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Driller Dining: Sweet sugar cookies

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Sierra Portillo
The finished cookies should remain pale in color; they should only begin to turn golden around the edges.

Looking for an easy sweet treat to cure your craving? Look no further with this simple sugar cookie recipe! 

Gather all of your ingredients before starting. (Sierra Portillo)

Yield: 24 cookies  

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 8 minutes

Total time: 28-30 minutes  

Ingredients

  • ¾ unsalted butter             
  • 1½ granulated sugar 
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

    Cream together the butter and sugar. (Sierra Portillo)
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup rainbow sprinkles

Baking directions:

First, preheat the oven to 350 F degrees. While doing so, pull out all the ingredients including a medium-sized bowl, a mixer or whisk, and a measuring cup.

While your oven is preheating, measure the unsalted butter in the measuring cup and microwave for 15 seconds to soften. After it is soft, place it, and the granulated sugar in the bowl, mix with a tool until fluffy.

Next, add the egg and vanilla extract, and stir until it’s mixed.

Gently fold in the sprinkles using a spoon. (Sierra Portillo)

Then, add in the baking powder, baking soda, and salt and beat until all combined. 

You will then add the sprinkles, rainbow nonpareils work best, into the dough mixture in your bowl. Be sure to mix this part with a spoon to prevent your sprinkles from breaking.

Cover two cookie trays with parchment paper. Take your dough, and create quarter-sized balls that are evenly spaced apart, about an inch away on the tray to stop your cookies from merging.

Once your cookies are placed on the tray, set a timer for 7-9 minutes; the

The dough balls should be placed far enough apart to leave room for the cookies to spread as they bake. (Sierra Portillo)

baking time can vary depending on how big the dough balls are made and the desired softness. The less time they cook, the softer they will be. 

When they are done baking, your cookies should be barely beginning to brown on the edges and look somewhat raw in the middle. 

Baker’s tip: baked goods, like cookies, will continue to cook and become firmer after they are removed from heat. It is key to keep this in mind so your cookies do not become too hard or dried out.

These yummy cookies can be served on their own but to add a little more something, milk pairs perfectly with the delicious sweetness in the cookies!

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