Chewy Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies: the perfect sweet for any occasion. They're so malleable and diverse, it's a guaranteed win. Want them fancy? Add a touch of almond extract to the batter and frost with a soft pink buttercream. Want them cozy? Add a touch of pumpkin spice and sip some chai. Want them all sorts of confused? Do what we did on Halloween... add coffee extract and cinnamon. What?

This Halloween was awesome. My favorite part was how the day started: a "spat" with the boyfriend. Gasp! Crazy right? Yes, real shit happens. Assumptions were made and feelings got hurt. It can't hurt unless you genuinely care. These are the things that define a relationship. Communication, sincerity, and apologies. Oh and hugs... lots and lots of hugs. I'm one lucky squirrel.

By the end of the day, chill mode was in full effect and we foolishly left the bucket of candy  out for kids in hopes they would only take one. It was ransacked after 3 knocks at the door. Scoundrels! 

Outfits were homemade, of course. They were pretty freaking ghetto. We were SUPPOSED to be Max and Monster from Where the Wild Things Are. I cut his ears too big so he looked like freaking King Yoda. I wanted to wear steam punk goggles more than the monster ears. Drew whiskers and tried to get Autumn in on the action. 

And of course... the sugar cookies. Oh the sugar cookies.

These came out so delicious... and so confused. Much like our costumes. I ran out of vanilla extract- a day never thought possible. That's like running out of salt! I had already sprinkled in some cinnamon for that fall fun. We went for the gusto and used coffee extract and decorated with vanilla butter cream frosting. The grocery store was out of black gel... so blue had to suffice.

They are soft and chewy, rolled in sugar. They're not super chewy, just right and delicious with a cup of milk.  You just can't go wrong with a sugar cookie!

PS. Make sure you listen to this tribute to Heavy D while you make cookies.  Go ahead and dance! No one is watching, and if they are, tell them to take notes.

Chewy Sugar Cookies
from allrecipes

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups margarine
2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup white sugar for decoration

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and 2 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients until just blended. Roll the dough into walnut sized balls and roll the balls in remaining 1/4 cup of sugar. Place cookies 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets and flatten slightly.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until lightly browned at the edges. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.