It’s always fun to surprise someone, isn’t it? So with that in mind, I set out last night to bake something for a friend at work who was celebrating her birthday. We’re a large group, so I figured rather than cake or cupcakes, why not do a birthday cookie and spread the wealth? As I started leafing through some cookbooks, I realized my pantry wasn’t quite as “cookie-ready” as I would have liked, so the need to improvise was necessary.
I had the ingredients for Sugar Drop Cookies from the Joy of Cooking, but no cinnamon which the recipe called for. And at 10pm, I was too lazy to head out to the grocery store, so after a little browsing and brainstorming, I found a lime and zested away!
I was really happy as to how they turned out and although the cinnamon would have been great, the lime added a nice change. I tried making both, the balls and the flattened cookies and my preference and the general consensus was that the balls were better, as they were a little softer and covered in sugar!
And as for the birthday girl, I made 1 large cookie with a little hole for the candle and here’s hoping her birthday wish comes true!
Now on to the recipe…
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- 2.5 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon (or in my case since I had no cinnamon, I replaced it with the zest of 1 lime)
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
Add the flour mixture and beat well after each addition
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Add the flour mixture all at once and beat well. Shape the dough into 1/2-inch balls.
- Dip the balls in granulated sugar OR flatten the balls as thin as you can between very lightly floured hands. To give a corrugated effect, score them in parallel lines with a fork dipped in flour and sprinkle with granulated sugar.
Bake about 10-12 minutes on a lightly greased cookie sheet
Taken from The Joy of Cooking (and modified with my lime zest)