Honestly, when I started this blog I fully intended to unleash my inner geek, post witty reviews on films, games, gadgets and gizmos, and become more comfortable with blogging and social media methods, but then the unforeseen happened and I got married, moved 4k miles from my homeland and took on the challenge of being a wife, chef, homemaker and best friend. Now my posts seem to be more concerned with the huge learning curve of living in a new country and being a wife, more interested in the things unique to Florida and also with the everyday things commonplace to Americans but which represent world of wonder to me.
Today I decided to try my hand at baking, specifically cookies (in the UK we would refer to cookies as biscuits, but I’m not going to start a potato/potahto, tomato/tomahto debate right now).
I found a recipe that looked suspiciously quick and easy on AllRecipes.com, and decided that I’d give it a go.
Easy Sugar Cookie Recipe
Prep Time: 15mins, Cook Time: 8-10mins, Ready In: 25mins
Should make approximately 40-50 cookies depending on how large you make your dough balls in Stage 2
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I chose to us 2 teaspoons and the result was a strong yet not overpowering vanilla taste)
When I next make these cookies I’m going to add a generous handful, or even a 1/2 cup, of dessicated coconut as when I nibbled on the cookies although they were delicious I felt something was missing and, after wondering if chocolate chips, marshmallows or nuts would improve them, decided that simply dried coconut would give it a touch of something special.
1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
2) In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
3) Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.
Sounds easy? Well, it was. Until I got to the 3rd step where I had to put my trays of dough balls into the hot oven. I put on my super sturdy oven gloves, I firmly grabbed my cookie trays and I gently and carefully pushed the tray forward into the oven. Unfortunately, as I am the Queen of All Muppets I didn’t keep an eye on my distance from the side of the oven and as I slid the final baking tray into the oven I moved my right forearm forward and made firm, undeniable contact with the hot metal frame.
White hot pain, followed by shocked numbness.
Ever the professional, I closed the oven, set the timer and then went to run my arm under a cold tap. Honestly it’s the least sexy my arm has ever looked, a horrible burn mark about 2 inches long and in the middle about 1cm wide, and is going to leave the most horrible burn scar imaginable once I get the disgusting blistering and then scabbing parts out of the way. Which is perfect timing for us going into summer and me being unable to cover up my arm without looking like a mummified freak, as absolutely no one is going to wear long sleeves with all this hot, sunny weather.
On the upside my cookies came out absolutely amazingly: crispy outside and soft, fluffy and buttery inside, completely perfect. So I now have a tin of delicious homemade cookies to help me get through this dark time of self-reflection and embarrassment. In fact, after The Hublet forgets my attempt to kill myself and allows me near the oven again, I’m going to make these sugar cookies once more but next time will put a generous helping of dessicated coconut into my mixture (as I noted in the ingredients above) as I really feel they would benefit from the addition.
Please remember ladies and gents, if you attempt this easy-to-follow recipe you will almost definitely be rewarded with gorgeous cookies, BUT don’t forget to keep an eye on your forearms and the sides of the oven and avoid being a complete donkey like me.