This is my go-to sugar cookie recipe. I don't enjoy rolling and such ,so I love that this recipe produces beautiful delicious sugar cookies with less work. Yes, I'm lazy, let us move on... The cookies come out of the oven with lovely cracked tops and you can easily make them holiday ready by rolling them in colored sugar or sprinkles before baking (as I did with these). I wanted to make the cookies with a valentines theme so I rolled them in red sugar and topped them with caramel filled chocolate heart candy. Chocolate and caramel and sugar cookie. Yes please.
Cracked Sugar Cookies
1 1/4 cups white sugar
1 cup butter
3 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
24 Caramel Filled Chocolate Heart Candies (I used Palmers)
1/3 cup red sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper .
Cream together sugar and butter. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla.
Add flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar.
Stir, use hands if necessary to get dough to hold together.
Form dough into walnut size balls, roll in colored sugar and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Don't flatten. Bake 10 to 11 minutes, until tops are cracked and just turning color.
Remove from oven and gently press a candy into each cookie.
These cookies make me happy!