Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Hooligans' Sugar Cookie Recipe

This recipe belongs to my sons.
wrote it down exactly as it was told to me.

Um, Santa, we can explain...

The Hooligans' Sugar Cookie Recipe

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup butter (2 sticks) softened
1 egg
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
Decorating sugar

1: Wash your hands. We find that licking them works just as well.

2: Blend sugar and butter. You can use a fork but hands are more
fun for gushing the butter between your fingers.

3: Beat in vanilla and egg until fluffy. If you get into a tug of war over
the mixer with your brother, we've found you get enough fluffing action
without even turning it on.

4: Mix in flour and baking soda. This is a good opportunity to observe
how ghostlike you can make your appearance by covering yourself in
flour. It's also been known to make Mom scream, however, we're
unclear if it's from fright or the mess.

5: Divide the dough in half. We've noted that parental mediation is
occasionally required to discern what is exactly even.

6: Shape each half into a roll about 1 1/2 inches in diameter
(think snakes -- big ones)!

7: Wrap and refrigerate for one hour. A good way to time it is to keep
asking your mom if it's done yet (until her eyes roll back into her head)
then you know it's ready.

8: Cut into 1/4 inch slices and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Then sprinkle with decorating sugar. Our rule is a pinch for the cookie
and a pinch for us. If your mouth isn't circled by sugar sprinkles,
clearly you're not enjoying the process as much as you should.

9: Bake at 375 for 8 to 10 minutes until brown around the edges
(best to leave this step to a parental to avoid unnecessary
immolation of brother or self). Cool on wire rack.

Enjoy! But remember to save some for Santa!

Jenn McKinlay
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  1. Jenn, I am laughing so hard I can barely type. This is the absolute best recipe I have ever read.

  2. I love it! TOO funny. What cute guys you have--future ladykillers!

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  3. Hooligan hilarity!!! Hands down, this is THE BEST recipe of cookie week. (I especially love Step 4. I believe this step alone could serve as a recipe for next year's Halloween cosutmes!)

    Happy Holidays, guys!

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  4. Great recipe. I see two future chefs at work.

  5. Jenn, this is adorable and so are your sons! Thanks so much for making me laugh this morning!


  6. Thanks, everyone! The hooligans are excellent chefs. We make these every year and it pretty much goes exactly as the recipe and kitchens...what can you do?

  7. Cooking with kids is always an adventure! Sprinkles are essential. Thanks for sharing the hooligans' recipe!

  8. What darling Hooligans! Two brothers finaled in the Top Chef competition. I wonder if this is how they started . . .