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.