To make soft, chewy sugar cookies, follow “Sweet Dreams” star Linda McClure’s chewy sugar cookies recipe on FoodNetwork.com. The recipe yields four dozen cookies and takes 30 minutes to prepare.
To make the cookies, preheat an oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Stir together 2 3/4 cups of all purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of baking soda and a 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder in a small bowl, and set it aside.
In a large bowl, cream 1 cup of softened butter with 1 1/2 cups of white sugar. Cream until the mixture is smooth, and then beat in 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, and blend well to combine. Add 3 to 4 tablespoons of buttermilk to make the dough softer without making it too wet. Roll out rounded teaspoons of dough to form balls, and place the balls on an ungreased cookie sheet. Moisten the top of the cookies with your finger or a brush, using buttermilk. Slightly flatten the cookies’ tops, and sprinkle each top with sugar or sprinkles.
Bake the cookies for eight to 10 minutes or until they are a slightly golden color. Allow the cookies to stand for two minutes on the cookie sheet before moving them to a rack for cooling.