I think sugar cookies are one of the best cookies on the face of the planet. They are simple, sweet, and completely addictive. And while rolled sugar cookies are great, sometimes I want sugar cookies without all the fuss. These drop sugar cookies are so easy, and if you do any baking at all, you probably already have everything you need in your kitchen.
The ground nutmeg is totally optional. My mom put nutmeg in the sugar cookies she made when I was a kid, so for me sugar cookies aren't quite right without it. You can leave it out if you want--they will still be amazing.
As always, these cookies are formulated for my high altitude (5000+ feet), but will also work at lower altitudes.
Drop Sugar Cookies
1 cup butter, cold and cut into pieces
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 cups all-purpose flour
1. Heat your oven to 350. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. Cream together the butter and sugar. Add the vanilla and eggs, mixing well and scraping the sides of the bowl after each. Add the salt, baking powder, nutmeg, and flour; mix well, scraping the sides of the bowl once. Set aside for 15 minutes.
3. Using a cookie scoop, scoop the dough onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes, or until the cookies are puffed and still look underdone (they will set up as the cool). If you let them brown they won't be as soft after they cool.
Makes 36 cookies.