Drop Sugar Cookies might possibly be one of the greatest things to happen to mankind ever. You might think I'm overstating things a bit, and maybe I am, but I stand by the statement and here's why:
Sugar cookies are delicious. Everybody loves them. I think lots of people might even say that sugar cookies are their favorite cookie save for one glaring flaw: they are a hassle to make. And I'm not talking about a 30-minute stint in the fridge hassle. I'm talking about a several hour stint in the fridge plus a roll on the counter plus cutting out with cookie cutters hassle, and that's before all of the frosting and sprinkling and general cookie decorating. By the time you actually get to eat a sugar cookie, that craving that hit 6 hours ago is long gone; making sugar cookies is the complete opposite of instant cookie gratification.
One Valentine's Day, when I was quite pregnant but very much in need of a sugar cookie, I decided to try and find a recipe that tasted like the ones I grew up eating--buttery, soft, delicious sugar cookies--without any of the fuss. I found this amazing recipe on the internet for drop sugar cookies that didn't have to be chilled, didn't have to be rolled out, didn't have to be cut out with fancy cookie cutters. They were as easy to make as their less glamorous cookie cousins, chocolate chip and oatmeal, and rivaled traditional sugar cookies in flavor and texture. In the 5+ years since that glorious day, I've rarely bothered to make any other sugar cookie recipe, because now we can have sugar cookies on a whim. My family, as you can imagine, is delighted.