As time goes on and we see desserts becoming more and more decadent, old fashioned sugar cookies remain a favorite.
Maybe it’s because they offer a dose of nostalgia, reminding us of days gone by when moms baked after school snacks or decorating them at Grandma’s house with icing in every color. Maybe it’s because of their versatility. You can serve them just as they are, dressed up with a little colored sugar, elaborately decorated – the choice is yours.
Sugar Cookies. They’re a classic, but even classics can use a little update from time to time. That’s why I think you’ll love this recipe for Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies that utilizes coconut oil, sea salt and heavy whipping cream.
These definitely aren’t your Grandma’s Sugar Cookies.
The tools we used:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 1/2 cup coconut oil solid
- 3 tbs heavy whipping cream
- 1 tbs vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar or cornstarch for rolling the dough
- In large bowl, combine sugar, butter, coconut oil, and cream. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat on medium high with a mixer for 1 minute to whip in some air.
- Add vanilla, egg, baking powder, and sea salt, and mix well.
- With mixer on low, add in flour ½ cup at a time to slowly integrate the flour. Make sure to scrape the sides after each addition. Mix well.
- Split the dough into three equal pieces and wrap each third in plastic wrap or a ziploc bag. (You could also freeze the dough to thaw and bake on another day, if you want.)
- Place them all in the refrigerator to rest for 1 hour. This will let the dough stiffen a little and the butter won’t melt too easily.
- Heat oven to 400 degrees and line cookie sheets with baking mat or parchment paper. This will allow the cookies to bake evenly.
- Sprinkle powdered sugar or cornstarch lightly on the rolling surface and bring out one third portion of the dough. (Keep the remaining dough in the refrigerator for now.)
- Roll out the dough to about ⅛ inch thickness.
- Dust the cookie cutter with powdered sugar or cornstarch and cut out your cookies.
- Place the cookies on the lined pans about an inch apart.
- Bake the cookies at 400 degress for 5 to 9 minutes. The edges will be lightly browned.
- Allow the cookies to cool on the pan for 2 minutes then remove to cooling rack to cool completely.