Can you believe we are into August already? It is unbelievable that the summer has flown by. I noticed the other night that the sun is starting to set a bit earlier and nights have been a bit cooler. In fact until the other day the temperature has been in the low 70s and high 60s during the day so it almost had a fall feel in the air. It was starting to make me a bit sad (I always have a case of the blues around Labor Day and the start of school.) But, I then realized I still have 5 more weeks until the kids go back to school so we are going to celebrate!
Yes, we had ice cream for dinner. But, I also wanted something to have on hand for the next few days to snack on so my daughter kindly made cookies.
I love cookies probably more than just about any other dessert. But, I am picky about my cookies. I like a great flavor and a nice chewy cookie. It doesn’t need to necessarily have lots of chunks and stuff mixed into it. In fact I actually prefer a really good plain cookie and this is perfect for me.
This cookie has a bit of a crisper outer shell and a nice soft center. Be very careful not to over bake these cookies or they will be too hard. The centers are super soft and they brown up quickly so you want them just browned on the bottom.
A nice cold glass of milk and a few of these cookies are a perfect after school snack or pick me up at the end of the day.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup oil
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla, lemon, or almond extract
- 4 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a large bowl, beat the butter, oil and sugars.
- Beat in eggs until well blended. Beat in vanilla extract.
- Combine the flour, baking soda and cream of tartar; gradually add to creamed mixture stirring until well combined.
- Drop by small rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets.
- Bake until lightly browned, 8-10 minutes.
- Remove to wire racks immediately to cool.