Sugar Dish Me

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Sugar Cookie Crackdown

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No matter the holiday, season, or reason, I am always drawn to cookies. There is something infinitely perfect about the versatility of a cookie. I can make them chewy or with a little crunch. I can make them healthy and full of oats, sweetened with honey, or calorie rich with butter and chunks of rich dark chocolate. I have even lusted after vegan cookies. Some cookies are quick and some take all day, while others require you to stare longingly at the dough chilling for what seems like an eternity. Cookies can be held accountable for the biggest after school smiles and the best Christmas gifts; they make for super favors after a party and are a cinch to bring to work (and if they’re done right may even account for a promotion… or at least a pat on the back).

And let’s not forget Cookie Monster. Where would this guy be without cookies?

Cookies are good in an emergency.

For example, when your little boys very lovingly volunteer you to bake things without offering proper notice. I’d like to say that this doesn’t happen very often, but I would be lying.

Because I try to learn from experience, I usually have a pretty well-stocked pantry. And because there is a holiday looming over this weekend I have a nice stash of pastel colored chocolate.

I sorted through stack of cooking magazines and then scrapped them for Google (which I am convinced is very shortly taking over the earth, in conjunction with Wal-Mart and the weird palm scanner at the hospital). I found this recipe, in all it’s fast easy shining glory, at

In one bowl you will need candy. I opted for Easter M&M’s. In another bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and a little pinch of salt. In a large bowl beat together super soft butter (like in my recipe for Backwards Cookies) and sugar. Add in an egg and two teaspoons of vanilla. Gradually beat in the flour mixture.

Roll the soft dough into teaspoon sized balls and bake in a preheated oven set at 375 for 8 minutes. When you take them out of the oven, press the candies into the hot cookies immediately. Let them cool on the cookie sheet for about 2 minutes before removing them to a wire rack to cool completely.

And that’s it. No refrigeration. No crazy ingredients that make you up your eyeglass prescription while scouring shelves in the spice aisle at the grocery. No rolling pins or fancy pans required. Fast, soft, delicious sugar cookies.

Super Fast Sugar Cookies


2 sticks (1 cup) of butter, softened

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 egg

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 3/4 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

pinch of salt

Candies, sprinkles, or sugar crystals to decorate

To Make

Preheat the oven to 375. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar. Then beat in the egg and vanilla. In a medium sized bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Roll the dough in your hands to form teaspoon sized balls. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes. When you remove the cookies from the oven press the candies into the cookies immediately. Let them cool for a minute or two before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.


Written by Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

April 5, 2012 at 10:11 am

Posted in Sugar

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16 Responses

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  1. Isn’t it great to be volunteered? You really know how magical your children think you are! Of course, these cookies look so great that they will confirm that you can do anything πŸ™‚

    • Aww thanks! Not sure about ANYTHING, but I can feed third graders Easter cookies. These were seriously the easiest sugar cookies I have ever made though. Ever.

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      April 5, 2012 at 1:22 pm

  2. I think I’m one of the few people that doesn’t like sugar cookies…but even I might be tempted to eat them with M&Ms!

    domestic diva, MD

    April 5, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    • Oh no sugar cookies? Bummer. Substitute some cocoa powder for a little bit of the flour. THEN add the M&M’s. πŸ™‚

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      April 5, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      • That sounds like an infinitely better option. Or normally I just use M&Ms in oatmeal cookies πŸ™‚

        domestic diva, MD

        April 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm

  3. Hi Heather!! Happy Easter to you!! Your cookies made me smile! I love the pastel colours on you lovely sugar cookies! Too cute! Hope you have a wonderful Good Friday + Easter! πŸ™‚


    April 5, 2012 at 2:16 pm

  4. These cookies are perfection! The fact that they are studded with Easter M&Ms makes them all the more better πŸ˜€

    Happy Easter!
    Choc Chip Uru

    Choc Chip Uru

    April 5, 2012 at 7:49 pm

  5. These cookies look sooooooo good!! And definitely perfect for the season. Yum Yum Yum Heather!

    And thank you for the mention.

    Simply Tia

    April 5, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    • Thank you! I was thinking of applesauce and your vegan cookies popped in my brain…
      I need to focus and get down to Easter business lol

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      April 5, 2012 at 8:37 pm

  6. mmmmmmm, cookies! Unfortunately, being oven-less I can’t bake them (and my baking skills are pretty awful, so i’d say that’s just as well!), but I can drool over yours and head to the shop later! Cookie monster (and cookies) rule!


    April 6, 2012 at 4:27 am

    • Oven-less could pose a problem. I don’t think these cookies required any baking skills, but in a pinch you could work it like my children do and just stand in front of the bakery in your local grocery until some hair-netted employee has mercy on you and gives you a cookie.

      • I like this idea!


        April 7, 2012 at 5:22 am

  7. Trying these tomorrow. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Real Life Farm Wife

    April 6, 2012 at 7:15 pm

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