Grandma's Secret Sugar Cookie Recipe

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Grandma's sugar cookies were always the perfect blend of crispy on the edges and chewy in the middle.  The only thing better than the smell of sweet baking filling the house was taking a bite of a giant cookie still warm from the oven.  Here I share with you the secrets of Grandma's epic sugar cookies, and hope you share them with your family too!
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Step 1: Ingredients

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There are several key secrets to making the perfect sugar cookie.  One is the blend of fats - butter + oil - resulting in the perfect chewiness.  Another is the addition of both baking soda and baking powder, resulting in a rounded, crackly cookie.

2 1/4 cups (280g) all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups (300g) granulated sugar, plus 1/4 cup for finishing
2 ounces cream cheese
6 tablespoons (85 g) butter
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 tablespoon milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Step 2: Prep

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First, of course, preheat your oven to 350F (180C).   Line a baking sheet or two with foil or parchment.

Whisk or sift together flour, soda, powder, and salt in a bowl and set aside.

Step 3: Mixing

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Chop the cream cheese into small pieces and add to a bowl with 1 1/2 cups of sugar.

Melt the butter and pour it over the cream cheese/sugar mixture while it's still warm.  Mix together until creamy.

Stir in the oil and blend until well incorporated.

Add the egg, milk, and vanilla and blend until smooth.

Slowly stir in the flour mixture, bit by bit, with a rubber spatula until a soft dough comes together and all of the flour is incorporated.
kiwi235 months ago
I just finished making these and they are great!
sunshiine3 years ago
I am making these! I have been wanting to find a good sugar cookie recipe and so glad you posted this! It saved me a lot of time! Thanks!
im37333 years ago
Not so secret now tho...
Shany1203 years ago
I almost wish we could smell what is on our computer...
YUMMMMM! Sugar sugar!
zazenergy3 years ago
Look great, sarah! om nom nom nom nom
maltesergr83 years ago
These look fantastic!! Warm sugar cookies are super good! ;o)
maltesergr83 years ago
Does this have to be incorporated together by hand? I love using my Kitchen-Aid stand mixer, but don't want dough to get tough/chewy.
splazem3 years ago
These look delicious!