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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Soft & Chewy Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies (Topped Three Ways)

Today I am sharing my favorite sugar cookie recipe; these cookies are soft, chewy, buttery and delicious.  I am also giving you three different topping options.  Yeah, I'm good like that. The recipe for these soft & chewy old fashioned sugar cookies is one I found just last year...in a mystery novel!  Joanne Fluke's  The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder  is NOT just a who-done-it, it is also the source for these cookies - a mystery with recipes (as the book jacket states).

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The main protagonist, Hannah Swensen, owns and operates a bakery in the small town of Lake Eden, Minnesota. Throughout the Hannah Swensen mystery series, recipes for cookies (mostly) and other baked goods are provided as her character bakes them in the storyline.  

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I found this book using the Overdrive Media app.  If you aren't familiar with it, it lets you borrow digital titles from your local library.  Once your book is downloaded, it is stored temporarily on the app for 3 weeks.  Once you read the book, you click return/delete and then *POOF* a virtual trip to the library is completed! 

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Now let's talk toppings.  The original recipe calls for rolling the cookies in sugar prior to baking.  I have  tried this method, it encases the cookies in a crunchy sugary layer. This time I opted to roll just the topside in sugar.  If you have coarse sugar, this works best.  So, that's option number 1.  

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Remember those candy coated fennel seeds I mentioned in my Blueberry Chai Banana Bread post?  I put them to good use here...option number 2.   The subtle orange flavor in the cookies pairs well with the fennel seeds.  If you think you don't like fennel seeds, I fear you haven't given them a chance.  Fennel is the main spice used in many sausage links.  People confuse it with anise; anise has a strong licorice flavor, fennel isn't as licorice-y, it's more subtle...a taste of it's own.  I would encourage you to try fennel in a sweet recipe, it might surprise you.  

Finally, who doesn't love chocolate on or in cookies?  Therefore, option number 3, chocolate chips!  Need I say more?  

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The cookies bake until just golden on the bottom, they almost look like they aren't quite baked enough. The top cookie (shown above) was baked at 325 degrees for 15 minutes.  The other two cookies were left in for just a few extra minutes, 17 minutes.  They were all chewy and soft, begging to be eaten with a glass of cold milk.  

So we did just that.

As I usually do, I halved the original recipe; this made 18, 4-inch cookies (approximately 2 TBS of cookie dough per cookie).  A few changes were made: 
  • I used 2 tsp of orange zest, instead of lemon zest 
  • I added 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • I substituted fresh orange juice for the cream of tartar (mine was no good, too old and solidified)

To view the original recipe on Joanne Fluke's website click here.

Please visit my LINK PARTY page to se where I have shared this post.  

44 comments:

  1. Hi Kim ! Lizy here from just dip it in chocolate, I was looking for inspiration for my next milkshake and I think I found it here with your sugar cookies! Since I don't bake to save my own life I always have to come with ways to enjoy my favorite bake goods without turning the oven on! Thanks for sharing! I realized I wasn't following your blog for some crazy reason so now I solved the problem for good! Following on Pinterest, FB from my personal to make it count, Bloglovin, G+ and subscribed to your blog! I think I got it covered, yes? lol
    Have a great weekend love!
    Lizy

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    1. Ha! Okay.....I'll bake and you shake. Deal? I am following you back on all social media facets. :) Thanks, Lizy!!

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  2. Hi again, Kim! YUM! You're cookies look delicious!! Found 'em at the Super Sunday Linky Party! :)

    Christine :)
    http://www.myepicureanadventures.com

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    1. Thanks Christine! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  3. Old fashion cookies but very"dangerous" ones :)
    I'd eat half of the batch myself !

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    1. Thanks Winnie! However, in my house you have my husband to contend with for cookies. So that makes them just a little less dangerous. Have a great day! :)

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  4. Kim, I LOVE sugar cookies and these look beautiful! I could probably polish off that entire plate in record time! :) Thanks for sharing, pinning and have a happy Sunday!

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    1. Yes! That's exactly why I only make a half batch at a time :) Thanks Cindy!!

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  5. They look so delicious! I do love a good sugar cookie ;-) Thanks for sharing.
    Blessings,
    Nici

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    1. Thanks Nici...I will use your leather cleaner to remove the crumbs they left behind :)

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  6. I would find it so difficult to pass those cookies. They look so yummy!

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    1. As mentioned above, I had to wrestle them away from my hubs....he hates sharing sometimes :)

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  7. These look amazing!!! Please consider sharing them at my link party at The Patriotic Pam. I saw these on Flour Me with Love Party! I pinned these as a must try recipe!
    Pam @ The Patriotic Pam

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  8. Hi Kim ill try out these cookies this week end

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    1. Thanks Lou...you have to share them if you make them, unlike S :)

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  9. OMGosh one of my all time favs!! Following on Google +.

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    1. Thanks Alexis, I am following you back. OMG the R2D2 costume!!! I love it. :)

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  10. These look great!!! My kids love decorating sugar cookies! New follower via bloglovin, stopping by from Wonderful Food Wednesday Hop! Would love for you to stop by at http://unravelingends.blogspot.com/ I also have a hop going on ;)!!!!

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    1. Thanks Rikki! I was just drooling over those doughboys! Following you back :)

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  11. Oh my goodness these sugar cookies look perfectly soft. I like your fun toppings in place of the standard sugar. Thank you for linking, Kim.

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    1. Thanks Michelle! They are a soft cookie :) See you on Sunday!!

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  12. I love a good ole sugar cookie. These look fabulous, Kim!

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  13. Gorgeous!! Can I tell you HOW MUCH I love cooking from novels? I have a whole bunch of recipes I snagged out of fiction books and an entire volume of recipes from the Sookie Stackhouse series. These cookies look perfect!

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    1. Thanks Heather! Patricia Cornwell is another good one; her Scarpetta novels have lots of Italian recipes throughout the series....maybe even her own cookbook, now that I think of it. :)

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  14. Oh yeah...chocolate chips on sugar cookies...BRILLIANT! I am intrigued by the candy coated fennel seeds...I would not have thought that would be good but I trust you and I am going to have to try it! I bet I am going to be pleasantly surprised!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Have a great day!

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    1. Kristin, if you can find the fennel seeds, they are worth trying. Just to snack on a few, here and there, is enjoyable, too!

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  15. I love the source of this recipe. A mystery novel in MN (yay!). And so creative with all the toppings :)

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    1. Thanks Zainab! I had to do something with those candy fennel seeds :)

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  16. These look amazing. I love how uniformly they baked up. The variety of what you can do with a base recipe like this is great. We would love to have you come link up with us for our Super Saturday Show Us How You Rock Party. Hope to see you! http://www.madefrompinterest.net/2013/07/super-saturday-show-rock-link-party/

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  17. Dear Kim, my family would go crazy for these. Your sugar cookies look so soft and delicious. Blessings, Catherine xo

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    1. Thank you, Catherine! They really are the easiest sugar cookies to make, and always turn out the same: soft & chewy.

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  18. Kim, thank you SO much for sharing these beautiful cookies at Best of the Weekend! We love having you join us each week! Pinning to our party board - you have an absolutely fantastic weekend and see you soon! :)

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    1. Thanks Cindy! They did photograph well....I almost hated to eat them....then I got over it!

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  19. I love cookies, I would have to try them all :)

    Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Mondays, featuring and pinning this week :)

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    1. Thanks so much Claire; I appreciate the feature!!

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  20. Sugar cookies are my absolute favorite cookie! These look so yum! Pinned to my dessert board! Thanks for coming back and sharing at All Things Pretty!

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    1. Thanks Kathy. I think sugar cookies are highly overlooked, they are one of my faves, as well.

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  21. Oooh sugar cookies are my absolute favorite! I think I'd prefer the ones that were in for slightly less time, though! I LOVE a doughy cookie :) Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers! Please be sure to stop back by the party and check out some of the other links!

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    1. I agree, Anyonita - and I must admit, I have eaten my share of this dough....it is FABULOUS (jazz-hands!)

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  22. I love no roll sugar cookies! Thanks for sharing at Sweet & Savory Saturdays #21!

    ~Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!
    http://www.dessertnowdinnerlater.com

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    1. Thanks Amber! I have never had much luck with cut sugar cookies....ever. Now this is the only way I roll!! (corny pun, I know)

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