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These Simple Sugar Cookies are the best ever.  The unusual ingredients of olive oil and confectioners’ sugar shouldn’t dissuade you from experiencing them.  I found this recipe years ago in Martha Stewart Living.


Simple Sugar Cookies – Martha Stewart Living, December 2003

4 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp salt

¾ tsp cream of tartar

1 tsp baking soda

1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)

1 cup olive oil

1 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus more for dusting

1 cup granulated sugar, plus more for pressing cookies

2 large eggs

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Finely grated zest of one orange


1.    Sift together flour, salt, cream of tartar, and baking soda; set aside.  Place butter, olive oil, 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, and 1 cup granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; beat on medium until fluffy.

2.    Beat in eggs, vanilla extract, and orange zest until well combined.  Reduce speed to low; add flour mixture slowly, until fully incorporated.  Cover with plastic wrap, and chill for at least 1 hour or overnight.

3.    Heat oven to 375º.  Form dough into balls measuring about 1 inch in diameter, and place on a cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.  Press flat with a glass dipped in sugar.  Place cookies in oven, and bake until very lightly golden, 7 – 10 minutes.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool.  Dust with confectioners’ sugar before serving.

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