Donut Hole Cookies

Donut Hole Cookies

INGREDIENTS

  • 3-1/3 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Set racks in middle and upper thirds of oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, nutmeg, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat the butter with 3/4 cup sugar until pale and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, scraping down sides of bowl and beating until well incorporated after each addition. Quickly beat in vanilla extract. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed until the dough comes together into a cohesive mass (it may look crumbly at first).
  4. Place remaining 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and mix well. Using your hands, pinch off about 1 tablespoon of cookie dough and roll into a ball, then roll in cinnamon-sugar mixture and set on baking sheet. Continue with remaining dough, spacing balls about 2 inches apart. Bake first batch for 15 minutes, rotating pans once halfway through (move bottom pan to top and top pan to bottom). When cookies are cool enough to handle but still warm, roll again in cinnamon-sugar, then set on rack to cool. Repeat with remaining cookie dough.
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