St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. It’s hard to avoid getting the ‘green bug’ when you live in Chicago and even the river is dyed green! I realize most of the celebrating took place last Saturday, but tomorrow is the REAL day so why not whoop up a batch of yummy sugar cookies to take care of the 3 day hangover!
On a side note, I actually did a little bit of research to find out the exact origin of the Chicago River St. Pat’s tradition and it dates back to 1962. It started off as a way to check for sewer discharges in the river and eventually the idea of dyeing the entire river for the celebration took off. It is a pretty amazing sight…and yes the dye disappears after a few hours.
Now back to the goods…here is my recipe for sugar cookies. They are sweet, just a little chewy and simply delicious.
3 cups of flour
2 cups of sugar
1 tsp baking soda
2 large eggs
1 1/4 cups butter, softened (NOT melted)
3 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, combine the softened butter and sugar until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla.
Combine the dry ingredients and mix on slow until the dough forms. Cool dough in the fridge for 20 minutes.
If you like sweeter cookies (or don’t want to frost them), shape dough into 1 inch balls and then roll on sugar. Otherwise, use a small cookie scoop to place onto a baking sheet.
Bake for 7-9 minutes or until edges begin to brown slightly. Remove from oven and let cool in a cooling rack. Frost and decorate however you prefer!