Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

Happy Valentine's Day! I realized last week that I haven't posted my roll out sugar cookie recipe yet. This recipe is VERY easy to work with. They are soft and not too sweet which makes them perfect for frosting. This recipe makes 5 dozen, but is easily halved. They freeze well too. I've also posted the recipe I use for frosting.

 If you want a plain non frosted sugar cookie recipe I recommend Easy Sugar Cookies, which is what I use for my mini fruit pizzas.

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies
Leann Crook
1 cup shortening
2 cups sugar
2 eggs 
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup sour cream
6 1/2 cups flour 
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda

1. In a mixing bowl combine shortening, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Beat well.
2. Mix in sour cream.
3. In a seperate bowl add flour, salt, and baking soda; whisk to combine. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the sour cream mixture and mix until combined.
4. Roll out to about 1/4 inch and use cookie cutters to cut into shapes. If the dough is still too sticky, knead in a little extra flour before rolling them out. 
5. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-11 minutes.  If they start to turn brown they have been cooked too long. Top with frosting.

Makes about 5 dozen

Frosting - I like to use the Wilton recipe for royal icing because it hardens. I make a little bit that's thicker and pipe it around the edge of the cookie. Then I make a slightly thinner batch (looks runny), pipe it into the middle, and spread it around with a toothpick. After a few minutes I add sprinkles. If you put them on too soon they'll sink. The recipe below is what I use for piping the edges. It looks like just a tiny bit, but is enough for about 2 1/2 dozen cookies. To make the thinner icing for the middle, I follow the same recipe below, and just add a little more water.

Royal Icing
1 cup powdered sugar
2 1/4 tsps meringue powder
1 TBSP plus 1 1/2 - 2 tsps water
Food coloring if desired

Beat all ingredients until mixed well. Add more water if needed; just a tiny bit at a time. Pipe onto cookies and let dry.

This is what the meringue powder looks like.



I love the frosting ideas. So cute.


Those are so cute. We always made sour cream sugar cookies for Christmas - they were my fav. I wonder how these would turn out if I used GF flour... I may have to try.