So, you know that feeling when you go to bake something and realize you are running low on an ingredient? The other day when I went to make a big batch of butter cookies for a bake sale, we were low on butter. How can you make butter cookies without butter? It is the key ingredient!
See, I was really set on making butter cookies. I wanted to make the dough, and add a fun color swirl with food dye. Because of what happened, I had to improvise.
I used oil in my dough! It sounds a little strange, because most recipes do not call for oil, but sometimes you have to improvise. Originally, I was planning to use 2 sticks of butter, but only used one and replaced the other stick with a little oil.
Some people might not know what a slice and bake cookie is. Slice and bake cookies are dough that has been chilled in a log and sliced and baked immediately. It is really simple, but can make a deliciously simple dessert.
Don't be fooled by the lack of butter in these cookies. These are darn good! The are crispy, sweet, and still very buttery. You can easily pop a few in the oven when you need a little something sweet, or you can make them all at one. This recipe makes a lot of cookies, so feel free to share them with friends (or you can eat them all yourself)!
Secret Ingredient Slice and Bake Cookies
Time: 20 minutes
Serves: Makes 5 dozen small cookies
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) softened butter
- 1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
- 1 cup + 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir and set aside. In a larger bowl, beat the butter and the oil until smooth. This may take a few minutes. Add in the sugar and egg and beat until fluffy. Stir in the vanilla. Beat in 1/3 of the dry ingredients, then another 1/3. Add in the rest of the mixture and combine to form a dough. Divide the dough into two, and roll each into 10 inch long logs. Cover tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours.
TO BAKE: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a baking tray and set aside. Slice the dough into 1/4 inch slices (while cold). Place 2 inches apart on the greased tray, and bake for 8-10 minutes. 8 minutes for chewier cookies, 10 minutes for crispy cookies. If going for crispy cookies, watch the oven around 9 minutes. Do not let the edges get too dark. They will be soft when removed from oven, but will harden as they cool. Wrap and refrigerate excess dough.