Twenty-some years ago my mom gathered my sister and me in the kitchen on a cold, wintery, pre-Valentine's Day afternoon, to brighten up the dark month by baking super sweet sugar cookies decorated with sweetheart candies. Some things are just timeless. Each year now, I make the same cookies, filled with same unhealthy triple dose of sugar - scoops of sugar, coated with powdered sugar and topped with candied sugar. I'm normally a very healthy cook for the most part - but there are some comfort traditions that never change. This is my birthday present every year to my lil sis, who turns 28 this year.
So, I'm making this sugar cookie "One on One" the official cookies of Holl & Goats - as for those of you who are also Hall & Oates fans - you'll know that "One on One" could arguably be their best single. Thoughts?
I suggest making these cookies for those who you love, adding a splash of pink to the dreary winter days.
Soft Sugar Cookies:
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 2/3 cup butter
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar for decoration
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, shortening and sugar. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt, stir into the mixture. Roll cookies in balls - and flatten once on the cookie sheet.
- Bake cookies 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until bottom is light brown. Remove from baking sheets to cool on wax paper.
Scoops of powdered sugar, a few drops of water until you get the consistency you want. Then add just a drip of red food coloring to your desired shade of pink.