Sugar Sugar

Baking/Cooking,Life July 20, 2011 7:50 pm

Giving a 'little sugar' Nat Geo style

Thanks to Martha, I’ve found the perfect sugar cookie recipe.  And everyone who tries them seems to agree- I even had a coworker offer to pay me to make them again– they’re that good.

And it was a bittersweet moment when I made these sugar cookies roughly two weeks ago for my last day at Nat Geo.  Yes, as excited as I am to be working for the Queen of Media, I was beyond sad to leave Nat Geo.  Why?

  1. It was my 1st job out of college, and I loved it to death.  While I normally trust everything my Dad tells me, his advice for my first job was to stop searching for the perfect one- that no one likes their 1st job and it was better to have any job than none at all.  I didn’t stop searching, though, and somehow landed the most amazing first job- loving it so much I stayed 3 years.
  2. Nat Geo gave me the opportunity to live in New York City.  I’m a small town girl from rural South Carolina and moving to New York was just about a realistic of an opportunity for me as living on the moon.  But for as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to live in New York City.  Why exactly? I couldn’t tell you- but I knew I had to experience the ‘big city.’ Thanks to Nat Geo, I was able to transfer offices from DC (where I started) to NYC- and for this opportunity I will be forever grateful.
  3. I absolutely adored everyone I worked with at Nat Geo.  Yes, I know this sounds unrealistic. But it’s true- I had a great team and we just all worked so well together. Like how peanut butter and jelly work well together good- my team was that happy of a group to work with every day.

But as sad and hard as it was, after 3 amazing years I knew it was time to explore different interests and opportunities.  I couldn’t leave without baking for my team one last time- and with the exception of the bacon chocolate chip cookies, these sugar cookies were their absolute favorites.

Sugar Cookies (modified from Martha Stewart)


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (the original recipe only called for one, but I have a slight obsession with vanilla)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • Lots and lots and lots of rainbow sprinkles (Martha left this out, but who doesn’t love rainbow sprinkles?)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda; set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer on medium-high, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 2 to 4 minutes. Add egg and vanilla; beat well to combine.
  4. With mixer on low, add half the flour mixture, followed by sour cream, then remaining flour mixture; mix just until smooth.
  5. Roll dough into roughly 1 in. balls and roll in sprinkles.  Yes, sprinkles will be on the bottom of the cookie.  But really, why skimp on sprinkles?
  6. Place dough balls onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake until edges of cookies are just firm and tops are barely beginning to brown, 20 to 25 minutes.

There you have it- the perfect sugar cookie and the perfect 1st job.

Now on to the next chapter! 🙂

  • Vincent

    Congratulations for your adquired expertise of 3 years at Nat Geo. Absolutely an awesome 1st job. Good Luck in your new endeavors at the Queen of Media in NYC (the Big Apple). Hope you lear creative advertising with the help of new technology such as Ipad-2. Can’t wait to try your delicios Sugar Cookies.

    • admin

      Thanks for your kind words, Vincent!