Way back in the good old days of university, my dear friend Megan was a champion cookie maker. The early days of a semester when we weren’t yet crazy people hiding in the library, we enjoyed many an afternoon or evening sipping London Fogs and munching on these cookies (and sometimes cocktails instead of coffees!). Megan sent me this recipe in our first semester of our first year, and it’s been a favourite ever since.
Perhaps my favourite memory of these cookies was when we sneakily brought them with us to the movies. You know that part in Stranger Than Fiction with Will Farrell and Maggie Gyllenhaal when she makes him chocolate chip cookies and they look like the best things anyone has ever put on a plate and all you want at that moment is freshly baked cookies? Well. We saw this for the first time and pulled out our own cookies which were—I kid you not—still warm from the oven, and devoured them with Gollum-esque fervour. Best. Moment. Ever.
If you love these sugar cookies as much as I have, you have Megan to thank! <3 And Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone. May these cookies bring you that extra bit of sweetness! Here are a few other recipes you could make for your sweetie:
- The Best Chocolate Cake Ever – with sour cream and beer in the ingredients, you just can’t go wrong
- Spiced Aztec Cookies – two wonderful aphrodisiacs: chocolate & cinnamon!
- Vegan Fudge Brownies – a guest post from my friend Jocelyn, and what brownies they are!
Megan’s Sugar Cookies
- 3/4 cup butter or margarine
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 cups plain flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
Slightly soften butter and cream together with sugar, eggs, and vanilla until smooth and light in texture. Mix in flour, baking powder, and salt until well combined.
Cover and chill for 1-4 hours, or overnight. (Megan says that if she makes the dough in the morning, it’s perfect by the time she’s home from school.)
Roll out dough to 1/4″ (.5 cm) thick between lightly floured pieces of baking or waxed paper, cut out with cookie cutters. Bake on a non-stick surface (silicone mat? baking paper? non-stick tray? your choice!) at 375 F / 190 C for 8-10 minutes, until edges are just going golden.
Cool cookies on wire racks, and enjoy with a glass of milk!
Hint: For pipe-able icing, mix about 1 tbsp milk with 1 cup icing sugar, add any desired food colouring (only a drop or two is needed), and use a piece of waxed paper folded into a triangle—bring the two bottom corners up and around to the top corner, and voila! Easy piping without the fuss.