Author Notes: One of the things I like best about this sugar cookie is that it’s not tooth-achingly sweet. It’s got a nice proportion of crunch-to-chew. And it’s so sparkly from the turbinado sugar! The inspiration behind this cookie came from the New York Times’ chocolate chip cookie recipe, printed March 1, 2000, one of the best chewy cookies I’ve ever tasted. - mrslarkin —mrslarkin
Food52 Review: Mrslarkin’s classic sugar cookie makes use of three sugars: granulated, light brown and turbinado. The granulated gives the cookie a foundation of sweetness, the light brown adds caramel notes and the turbinado’s in there for a little snap. They’re crisp and buttery on the edges and chewy through the center. Perfect for dunking and ice cream sandwiches, we think! Note, if baking them on a dark, non-stick baking sheet, reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees (this is a good general rule for all baking). - A&M —The Editors
Serves: about 2 dozen
cup unsalted butter, room temperature
cup granulated sugar
cup light brown sugar
teaspoons vanilla extract
cups all-purpose unbleached flour (I use King Arthur)
teaspoon sea salt
teaspoon baking soda
cup turbinado, or coarse sugar
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 2 large sheet pans with parchment paper.
- Cream butter and sugars for 1 minute. Scrape sides of bowl. Continue beating for another minute. Scrape bowl again.
- Add vanilla. Beat for 1 minute. Scrape sides of bowl.
- Add egg. Beat for 1 minute. Scrape sides of bowl.
- Add flour, salt and baking soda. Beat 1 minute. Scrape sides of bowl and beat for another minute.
- Place coarse sugar in small, shallow bowl. Using a small cookie/ice cream scoop (mine is 1 ½“ in diameter), scoop balls of dough and drop a few at a time in the coarse sugar and gently roll around. Place balls of dough on parchment, leaving about 1 ½“ space around each. My pans fit 12 cookies very comfortably.
- Do not press the balls down. This will ensure a chewy middle.
- Bake for 8 - 10 minutes, turning and reversing pans midway through baking. Resist the urge to bake your cookies longer, or they won’t be chewy. The tops don’t get much color, but the bottoms will be nicely golden.
- Place pans on cooling racks. When cool, store cookies in air-tight containers.