Sometimes all you want or need in life are the simple things. Peanut butter and jelly (although no more peanut butter in this house), a brownie, a quiet afternoon...you know, easy, but still perfect. Such was the case with these cookies. I just wanted something easy yet still sweet and fulfilling. And wouldn't you know it, as soon as I opened my Google Reader this recipe from Carrie's Sweet Life was sitting right there? It was fate, I tell you. :)
There isn't anything taxing about these cookies (except that they do need to chill for a little while). They are sweet, chewy, soft little goodies that will quickly disappear. Have cold milk at the ready.
Brown Sugar Cookies
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1¼ cups firmly packed browned sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add in the egg and vanilla beat until mixed together, scrape down sides as needed. Add flour, baking soda and salt. Mix only until combined.
2. Place dough onto a piece of plastic wrap and shape into a disc. Wrap tightly and refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
3. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F and line baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
4. Shape dough into 1-inch balls or use small cookie scoop. Place 2-inches apart onto prepared baking sheets.
5. Bake 11 to 13 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 2-3 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
adapted from Carrie's Sweet Life, originally from Crisco