Easy sugar cookies and Beagle sitting!

What a busy household I have this week! My two boys are home from school on spring break (they had a winter break in February and a spring break this week -- cuckoo, if you ask me). One of our friends went to New York City for the break, so we are taking care of their Beagle, Brady. Charlie just loves having a friend here! I love everything about having the two dogs, except for the barking. They both can get each other going over any neighbor coming or going, a dog being walked in front of our house, and any activity in the woods across the street. Between the two dogs and the two boys, it can be pretty loud around here!

My 11-year old loves to bake, so he has used some of his free time to whip up a couple of batches of his current favorite cookie recipe -- easy sugar cookies. These cookies are not only easy, they are delicious -- very chewy and buttery. The dogs were outside while he was baking, and they must have gotten a whiff of the cookies. Boy, did those dogs want a taste.

First, they tried staring and looking cute.

Danny cookies charlie barking
Next, Charlie tried barking. No luck!

Danny cookies Brady barking
Then Brady tried barking. No luck either -- we wanted the cookies all for ourselves!

Next, Charlie took a nap while Brady kept watch out the window.

Finally they both went to sleep. Aren't they cute? Still thinking cookies? Here's the recipe.

Easy Sugar Cookies
Adapted from a recipe on Allrecipes.com

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, softened (he prefers using salted butter for this recipe)
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. In two batches, blend in the dry ingredients. Use a medium size Pampered Chef scoop to drop mounds of dough onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 11-13 minutes in the preheated oven. My son prefers that they be set but not turning color at all -- I like them when they are a little golden around the edges. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.


Julie said...

Those pictures of the dogs and the cookies are great!

Anonymous said...

Those pictures are too cute! I remember Charlie staring at Brady on the couch as if saying, "what are you doing?"


Shelby said...

Tracy, beagles are my FAVORITE dog. I grew up with them. I want one but I can't have one. :o(

The sugar cookies look great!!

MaryBe said...

How cute are those dogs!!
The cookies look great, and I saw your chocolate eggs yesterday on TasteSpotting!

Michelle N said...

The cookies look great! I am saving this recipe. Thanks!

Steph said...

I love how perfectly flat your cookies are! My sugar cookies always end up too thick.. it's like biting into cake!

Sara @ Our Best Bites said...

I've had cookies like this before but couldn't find the recipe again- they look so pretty and perfect! I'm gonna bookmark this one, thanks!

Erin said...

You saved me! I needed a quick and easy recipe 10 minutes before guests (casual, but guests nonetheless) were due to arrive so I got this mixed up and the first batch in the oven right as they arrived. It was awesome. I blogged about it and it will post at 5:00 AM on 4/26/09...thanks for saving my night!


stephchows said...

Your son looks like a great little baker!! Those cookies look perfect!!

Sue said...

The cookies look great. The dogs are the cutest things ever and I've bestowed a well-deserved award upon you. Check it out.

Passionate Eater said...

What perfect looking cookies! They are almost too good to eat! Your 11-year-old is quite the baker, if you lived near me, I would act like Charlie and Brady by your window for a taste of those!

Emily said...

Aw, they are so cute! They look like the best of friends. I don't blame them for wanting some of those yummy looking sugar cookies.

Happy spring break to the kids!

Your camera is taking awesome pictures.

The Inexperienced Foodie said...

them poor doggies lol

Anonymous said...

The dogs so cute! I can use brown sugar instead of white sugar in this recipe? Please reply if I can!


Tracy said...

Anonymous, I don't know for sure but I think the brown sugar would be OK. I think they'd be a little chewier and have a bit of a different flavor, but I think they'd still be good!

Karen Harris said...

Oh my gosh, your cookie and dog photos made my day! Great entry.

bibliochef said...

love the beagle pictures

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Olivia said...

I must tell you, your pictures looked so yummy that I made this recipe and LOVE THEM!
O-M-G, will not be making my old sugar cookie recipe again, these are so scrumptious!!!!
We ate the whole batch in three hours, so I can't say if they don't get stale, but they were sooo soooo soft for the hours that we had them!
Tell your son good job, and Thank you!!!

Tracy said...

My son and I are glad you enjoyed them! :o)

Cindy said...

Very funny pictures of the dogs and the cookies, so cute. It's always nice to see kids that love to cook like you have and the cookies looks really good. Thanks for sharing this. Cindy@ flowering tea