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Cracked Sugar Cookies

Cracked Sugar Cookies

Cracked Sugar Cookies

I’ve made these cookies a few times, long ago, but not since I’ve been blogging.  At least I don’t think so; I couldn’t find a post!  I love cracked top cookies.  They just look like they’re saying “come get me”.  The texture is usually lighter than the average non-cracked cookie and if you’re lucky they’ll melt in your mouth.  These cookies do just that.  They really do melt in your mouth.

I began by creaming the butter and sugar in my stand mixer until they looked fluffy, about 3 or 4 minutes..  I added one egg yolk at a time then the vanilla, beating after each addition.  The dry ingredients are mixed separately in a bowl then added slowly to the wet mixture.  When it is all mixed, we’re ready to start making cookies.  And start taking pictures, which I forgot until this point!

Using a cookie scoop, form dough into balls. Smooth balls by rolling in hands. Roll in sugar and place on baking sheet.

Using a cookie scoop, form dough into balls. Smooth balls by rolling in hands. Roll in sugar and place on baking sheet.

I used my smaller cookie scoop, forming balls I rolled in my hands then rolled in sugar before placing on the baking sheets.

Bake cookies for 12- 14 minutes, until cookies are cracked but not browned.

Bake cookies for 12- 14 minutes, until cookies are cracked but not browned.

I baked each sheet of cookies for 12-14 minutes, until the surfaces are cracked but the cookies are not browned.  I let them sit in the pan for a few minutes to cool then on a rack to finish cooling.

Cool cookies on baking sheet for several minutes then finish cooling on a rack. Store in airtight container.

Cool cookies on baking sheet for several minutes then finish cooling on a rack. Store in airtight container.

The cookies are a blank slate- you could sprinkle them with color sugar or hearts or whatever seasonal décor you’d like.  I just like them with plain sugar.  They melt away in your mouth easier!

Cracked Sugar Cookies

Cracked Sugar Cookies

I’ve often thought you could substitute almond flavoring for the vanilla extract for a change.  I’m not an almond fan so I haven’t tried that.  Let me know if you find any good variations!

Cracked Sugar Cookies

Cracked Sugar Cookies

 

Cracked Sugar Cookies

  • Servings: 42 cookies
  • Difficulty: easy
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A sugar cookie with cracks that please the eye as well as the tongue!

  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/3 cup coarse sugar crystals or regular granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a stand mixer or with a hand held mixer, cream together butter and sugar until creamy. Mix in 1 egg yolk at a time and vanilla extract.

Mix together flour, baking soda, cream of tarter, and salt in a separate bowl and add to wet ingredients until cookie dough is completely mixed, scraping bowl occasionally.

Using a medium scoop, form dough balls and roll them in sugar crystals. Place cookie balls on cookie sheets, 2 inches apart. Do not flatten.

Bake for 12-14 minutes until the surfaces have a cracked texture.

Remove sheets from oven and cool for 5 minutes before transferring cookies to racks to finish cooling. Store covered.

Adapted from Savory Sweet Life

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