Sweet & Salty Sugar Cookies

by Megan on September 10, 2012

I don’t know, you guys. It’s been one of those weekends. The kind where you buy ingredients for your dream pizza and then eat cereal for dinner. The kind where you go to Trader Joe’s in pajamas and buy milk and dog treats. (So what!) I just need to remind myself that worrying about the future doesn’t help a darn thing. It’s just “borrowing trouble”, and I’ve got to quit it. While I totally need to quit worrying, I totally need to keep baking cookies with sea salt on top.

Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen made some salty vanilla sugar cookies last week and I immediately thought, “genius!”. So I whipped up the dough of my favorite chewy sugar cookie and sprinkled vanilla sugar and fleur de sel on top. They baked up just as tasty as I hoped!

So the moral of the story is this: don’t worry, bake cookies.

Sweet & Salty Sugar Cookies (makes 2 dozen)
Adapted from here and inspired by A Cozy Kitchen

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus additional for sugaring tops
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 t vanilla extract, or the seeds of 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t kosher salt, plus sea salt for sprinkling

Directions:

Please Note: This dough needs to be refrigerated for about an hour to make it more manageable.

  1. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter in a large bowl on medium speed for about 1 minute.  Add the canola oil.  It may not fully incorporate with the butter, but that’s ok.  Add the granulated sugar, powdered sugar, egg and vanilla, beating on medium speed until each ingredient is completely incorporated.
  2. Stir in the flour, baking soda and salt all at once using a wooden spoon or the mixer set on low.
  3. The dough will be soft so you should definitely refrigerate the dough for 1 hour or freeze for 15 minutes just so it’s easier to handle.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper, or foil, or grease generously with butter or cooking spray.
  5. Dollop 1 Tablespoons of cookie dough onto the prepared cookie sheets leaving some room for them to spread. Press the dough evenly with your fingertips to 1/4-inch thickness. Generously sprinkle sugar on top of the cookie dough. Sprinkle with a sea salt. (I used fleur de sel.)
  6. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.  Allow cookies cool on the baking sheet for at least 10 minutes before transferring to racks to cool completely.  The cookies will keep for up to 3 days if stored in an airtight container.

Yay! Click HERE for a printable pdf of the recipe above.

It’s true! 

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Laura September 10, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Those look so good!!! Maybe I’ll make them and bring them to the office!

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Megan September 11, 2012 at 11:24 am

You totally should! 🙂

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Diane, A Broad September 11, 2012 at 6:36 am

Sweet + salty = heaven. Sounds like a simple solution to my deep blue funk today.

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Megan September 11, 2012 at 11:24 am

I hear ya sister. These totally help the deepest, bluest funks.

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Alessandra September 11, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Sweet and salty will never go out of style. In fact I just posted a recipe about it as well: Nutella+salt= never old. In my opinion. In any case, these look oh-so scrumptious and I will certainly give them a go.

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Megan September 12, 2012 at 10:29 am

Oh man, salty nutella sounds like a dream!

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NicoleD September 13, 2012 at 10:25 am

I saw Adrianna’s recipe and thought they were totally genius, too! Your sugar cookies look heavenly! I am sure you know what’s up when it comes to sugar cookies.

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Megan September 13, 2012 at 11:15 am

So good! But sea salt never hurts, right?

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