No-Chill Sugar Cookies

Perfect cut-out sugar cookies maintain their shape and don't require any chill time. Plus, use any flavor extract to flavor your cookies however you like!

Perfect cut-out sugar cookies maintain their shape and don’t require any chill time. Plus, use any flavor extract to flavor your cookies however you like!

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I’m an impatient person. I won’t even pretend otherwise. I grew up hearing my mother constantly tell me, “Patience is a virtue.” I usually mentally responded with something along the lines of, “Well, being prompt is also a virtue.”

It’s really no surprise that my future restaurant manager from my college server days would someday love me for my “great sense of urgency.” My current boss finds this same sense of urgency to be quite an asset, as well. I suppose you could say that I have found my people.

So, when I want cookies…I don’t really want to have to wait for them. The Whirling Dervish over here wants to be able to make them, throw them in the oven, and have cookies in front of my face 12 minutes later. Waiting for dough to chill? So not my thing.

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As such, this is my new go-to cut-out sugar cookie recipe. The dough has been fiddled and tweaked until it holds it shape quite excellently without any chilling, meaning that I can be frosting my sugar cookie cut-outs in no time. Plus, you can use any flavor extract you like in these cookies, allowing you to customize them to the season. Fall? Try almond extract. Spring? Give lemon a try! Winter? Peppermint should do the trick. No-Chill Sugar Cookies are indeed a thing of beauty.

A few loyal readers may remember last year’s Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Cookies and how I proclaimed my eternal love for cinnamon chips and also introduced you to a special partnership between OXO and Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. I am supporting the partnership again this year with these No-Chill Sugar Cookies. This fall, while you are out and about, keep your eyes peeled for the following symbol on a number of specially-marked OXO products:

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For every stickered item sold, OXO will donate 25 cents in support of pediatric cancer research as a part of its $100,000 pledge to C4CK*. So now when you purchase helpful items such as this 3-Piece Cookie Cutter Set or this Bent Icing Knife, you can know that you are not just supporting your cookie habit, you are also supporting a great cause.

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No-Chill Sugar Cookies
 
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Yield: About 4 dozen cookies
Ingredients
For the cookies:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1¼ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon flavor extract of your choice*
  • 4 cups flour
For the icing:
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3¼ cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon same flavor extract as used in the cookies
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs, vanilla, and flavor extract and beat until combined.
  3. Slowly add the flour, stirring just until combined. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and use your hands to form into a disk. Roll the dough to ⅛ to ¼-inch thick and cut with lightly floured cookie cutters. Place cookies on the prepared baking sheets.
  4. Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes, or just until the edges barely start to turn golden. Remove from the baking sheets to a rack to cool before icing.
  5. For the icing, beat the butter with an electric mixer until creamy. Beat in the powder sugar, then add the milk and flavor extract. Beat until combined, adding more milk or more powdered sugar as needed to achieve desired spreading consistency. If coloring, beat in food coloring. Spread onto cookies and allow to set before storing.
Notes
*Please use a high-quality flavor extract. My favorite for these cookies is Nielsen-Massey Pure Almond Extract or Nielsen-Massey Pure Lemon Extract.

Support OXO and Cookies for Kids’ Cancer on social media:

Twitter: @OXO@Cookies4Kids

Instagram: @OXO@Cookies4Kids

Facebook: facebook.com/OXOfacebook.com/CookiesForKidsCancer

Pinterest: pinterest.com/OXOpinterest.com/Cookies4Kids

*In 2014, OXO will donate up to $100,000 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer through specially marked baking tools, bake sale matches and other fundraising efforts. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a recognized 501c(3) public charity duly incorporated under the laws of the state of New Jersey. Your donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. 100% of proceeds raised by Cookies for Kids’ Cancer fund pediatric cancer research.

During the month of September, OXO will donate $100 to C4KC for each blog post dedicated to this campaign. I received samples of specially-marked products as part of the campaign, but received no other compensation for this post. All opinions are my own and simply reflect my desire to support a worthy cause!

Cocodoodles

Cocodoodles

Snickerdoodle cookie base rolled in shredded coconut. Behold, the Cocodoodle!

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I totally just made up my own word. And it was hard.

To be fair, I could have just called these cookies “Coconut Snickerdoodles” and been on my way. But that seemed too easy. Also, slightly misleading – would people think that they involved both coconut and cinnamon-sugar? (Not a delicious-sounded combination, if you ask me, but to each his own.) No, that wouldn’t do.

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Apple Pie Cookies

Apple Pie Cookies

Bite-size pockets of flaky pie crust filled with an apple-cinnamon filling. Apple pie just got 10 times cuter and 100 times more portable.

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I might have a bit of a pie problem.

It only just occurred to me that I have posted two other pie recipes in the past two weeks.

I mean, I assume that you desperately needed some Banana Coconut Cream Pie and some Deep-Dish, Crumb-Topped Apple Pie in your life. I know I did. They’re two very different pies for people with different palates.

Unless you’re feeding me, in which case just give me ALL THE PIE, PLEASE.

Have you ever been to an event where they served incredibly mediocre pie? Pie that just made you wish you had reserved the stomach space for a piece of cake, or perhaps a cookie? Pie that made you wish you had extra pie tucked away in your purse for emergencies such as this?

You’d be surprised at how often this happens to me.

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Alaska Oatmeal Cookies

Alaska Oatmeal Cookies

These thin, chewy oatmeal raisin cookies will have you sneaking into the cookie jar at all hours of the day.

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Admittedly, I could have called this recipe “Thin and Chewy Oatmeal Cookies” or “The Perfect Oatmeal Raisin Cookie”, but instead I decided to balk all of the SEO rules and call them precisely what I wanted: Alaska Oatmeal Cookies.

Why Alaska? There’s a story there.

As I have mentioned before, Boyfriend works as a personal trainer at a local gym. When he first started working there back in January, he met George. George is the client of one of Boyfriend’s coworkers; he is in his 80’s, hates the way Chicago idiots drive in the snow, and thinks Boyfriend’s beard is epically awesome. Obviously, he and Boyfriend immediately bonded. Every Monday, before George’s training session, the two of them shoot the you-know-what and discuss everything from the weather to what’s for dinner that night.

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Cranberry-Pistachio Biscotti {gluten-free!}

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Guys, guys! I baked something gluten-free, and it wasn’t accidental!

When it comes to gluten-free baking, I’m a bit of a chicken. My friend Julia over at The Roasted Root (you remember her, I just did a guest post for her on Monday!) is pretty much the queen of all things gluten-free – pancakes, cookies, brownies…she does it all. But me? Um…wheat flour and I have the kind of love you write songs about.

It’s a forever kind of love. I wish I was more sorry.

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35+ Holiday Cookie Recipes

holiday cookie collage

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Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet?

Have you even started your Christmas shopping yet?

I wish I could help you out with a round-up of great gift ideas, but putting together gift guides is hard — I get too distracted by cookie recipes and shiny things and fall down a simultaneous Pinterest/Etsy rabbit hole. That being said, I did put together a little Amazon store with some of my favorite kitchen tools, ingredients, cookbooks, and great reads. Everything I have included is something that I own and really do use/love, so you can be sure that the foodie and/or bookworm in your life will appreciate them, too.

So, since we’ve established that I’m really much better with cookies than I am with suggesting what you should buy for your mom/coworker/best friend…may I present you with a round-up of some great cookies? You no doubt still have about 9,234 parties to attend between now and January 1, and any of these cookies would be a hit at your next shindig. So hit up these awesome blogs, grab your butter and sugar, and start baking!

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