There’s often times that I get bored and think to myself, let’s bake something! I go to the pantry and fridge and I’m always lacking some ingredient.
So I found this recipe for a three ingredient cookie on Pinterest. It included butter, sugar and flour. Things you are probably going to always have in your pantry.
I mixed up the ingredients to form the dough. And it was just too crumbly! I couldn’t get it to hold together. So I decided to improvise a little!
Start off with 3/4 stick of butter softened to room temperature and put it in your stand mixer bowl.
Add 1/2 cup of sugar to butter and mix until light and fluffy.
Next add in 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour. Add in a little at a time to avoid a mess! Dough will be very crumbly.
This is where the recipe failed, and improvisation began. The original recipe said to take the crumbs out and work by hand to create a dough. It just wasn’t happening. So this is what I did next.
I added one teaspoon of Mexican vanilla. Why Mexican vanilla? The flavor is a lot stronger, and requires less vanilla. A bottle will last you forever! I get this at our local Latino market and love it.
Next I added water because it was still just too dry! I ended up adding six teaspoons of water. I let it mix in the bowl then dumped it onto parchment paper and mixed it into dough with my hands.
Once you start getting to a dough texture, work it into a log.
Sprinkle sugar onto your parchment paper and roll the dough until completely covered.
Move your dough log onto cling wrap plastic and roll it up tightly.
Place in the freezer for 30 minutes or until firm.
Once dough is firm, take it out and unwrap it.
Slice the dough into 1 cm cookies.
Place cookies 2 inches apart on a baking sheet and bake at 325 degrees.
Cook for 22 minutes or until golden brown.
Are these the prettiest cookies I’ve ever made? Certainly not, but when you are in a pinch for a dessert and you have limited ingredients, these worked out really nicely! They are crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle!
Let me know if you try these and what you think!