I used to have moments of panic when people would invite me to their home last minute. Or we had the dreaded last minute guest. I like take something when I’m invited to someone’s home and I like to offer something when people are guests in my home. My solution to these problems is cookies!
Yes, cookies really do solve several of life’s problems. They are one of the quickest baked goodies to make from scratch, easy to transport, and most people love them.
I’ll let you in on one of my homemaking secrets, I like to keep cookie dough in my freezer ready to go. Cookie dough freezes really well. If you pre-make them into balls and freeze them on some wax paper on a cookie sheet, you can pop out the number you need and have them ready in no time.
Chocolate chip cookies are a go-to for me. They were one of the first cookies I learned to bake and most people enjoy them. I like to switch it up though and if I know there will be multiple desserts and at least one chocolate dessert I prefer to bring something non-chocolate. Shockingly there are some out there that don’t like chocolate.
Another good cookie option is sugar cookies. I know sugar cookies are one of those cookies that can be really boring. I’ve found so many recipes leave you with crunchy, flavorless cookies. However, when done well a sugar cookie can be amazing. They also are the easiest cookie to decorate for parties. Simple sprinkles can make them quite festive.
Most recently I volunteered to take a dessert to my family’s music festival for when we were celebrating my dad’s birthday. I knew a chocolate cake was being made so I knew sugar cookies would be perfect. It happened to be Memorial Day weekend so I used red, white and blue sprinkles to make them festive. I had these whipped up in no time and I heard a lot of rave reviews.
These are drop cookies so you don’t have to chill them. If you’d like to shape them simply throw the dough in the fridge for an hour or two and they work great! I have a bit of an obsession with cookie cutters, I’m talking a sweater box from The Container Store full kind of obsession. So I’ve made some really cute cookies with this dough.
If you do want to use sprinkles I recommend going with naturally dyed sprinkles. Dyes have a lot of adverse health effects and many are even banned in some countries, so I feel natural is the way to go. I get mine from Amazon or the Natural Candy Store.
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a small bowl mix together flour, baking powder, and baking soda, set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until smooth.
- Beat in egg and vanilla.
- Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients.
- Roll into balls, if you want to shape the cookies, chill for 1-2 hours before rolling out dough.
- Place on cookie sheet, add sprinkles if desired.
- Bake for about 8-10 minutes or until just starting to get lightly golden. Don't over bake or the cookies will become crunchy.
- Let cool and enjoy!
Be sure to store in an airtight container to help keep the cookies nice and fresh.