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Chewy Sugar Cookies

Source: America's Test Kitchen
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Rating: 4.5   Reviews: 2 See Reviews
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The final dough will be slightly softer than most cookie dough. For the best results, handle the dough as briefly and gently as possible when shaping the cookies. Overworking the dough will result in flatter cookies.
2¼ cups (1 1¼ ounces) unbleached all-purpose
½  teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon table salt
1½ cups (10½ ounces) sugar, plus 1/3 cup for rolling
2 ounces cream cheese, cut into 8 pieces
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted and still warm
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg
1 tablespoon milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
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Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in medium bowl. Set aside.

Place 1½ cups sugar and cream cheese in large bowl. Place remaining 1/3 cup sugar in shallow baking dish or pie plate and set aside. Pour warm butter over sugar and cream cheese and whisk to combine (some small lumps of cream cheese will remain but will smooth out later). Whisk in oil until incorporated. Add egg, milk, and vanilla; continue to whisk until smooth. Add flour mixture and mix with rubber spatula until soft homogeneous dough forms.

Divide dough into 24 equal pieces, about 2 tablespoons each (or use #40 portion scoop). Using hands, roll dough into balls. Working in batches, roll balls in reserved sugar to coat and evenly space on prepared baking sheet, 12 dough balls per sheet. Using bottom of drinking glass, flatten dough balls until 2 inches in diameter. Sprinkle tops evenly with 4 teaspoons of sugar remaining in shallow dish (2 teaspoons per tray), discarding any remaining sugar.

Bake, 1 tray at a time, until edges are set and just beginning to brown, 11 to 13 minutes, rotating tray after 7 minutes. Cool cookies on baking sheets 5 minutes. Using wide metal spatula, transfer cookies to wire rack and cool to room temperature.

Chewy Chai-Spice Sugar Cookies

Follow recipe for Chewy Sugar Cookies, adding ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon ground ginger, ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom, ¼ teaspoon ground cloves, and pinch ground black pepper to sugar and cream cheese mixture in step 2 and reducing vanilla extract to 1 teaspoon.

Chewy Coconut-Lime Sugar Cookies

Follow recipe for Chewy Sugar Cookies, whisking ½ cup sweetened shredded coconut, chopped fine, into flour mixture in step 1. Add 1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest to sugar and cream cheese mixture in step 2 and substitute 1 tablespoon lime juice for vanilla extract.

Recipe reprinted by permission of America's Test Kitchen. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 07/08/2011
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Rating: 4
by: Gregory, VA Reviewed: 08/02/2011
Surpisingly addictive
Not a big fan of sugar cookies, but wanting to try something new, I did the chai seasoned version of these. Not only did they deliver as promised, a nearly foolproof (I'm no cookie baking expert) crunchy circumfrence with a chewy middle - but the flavor was just enough different from classic sugar cookies that it made them truly disinctive. Made for a church event, as expected other people's Choc-chips got all the action, so I brought some of these home. Wow - they are just addictive.
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