Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

I used to think that sugar cookies were only for Christmastime.  I used to make them with my mom on Christmas Eve, along with a gingerbread house.  We'd frost them and pour sprinkles on them, and put them out for Santa. But since reading Annie's tutorial on how to decorate with royal icing, I've discovered that sugar cookies can be for any occasion!

I had some girlfriends over for a Valentine's cookie decorating party - it was so much fun!  We made lots of icing colors and had sprinkles and just went to town decorating a ton of cookies and watching The Bachelor :)

I've tried several types of sugar cookies over the past year, but this recipe is my new favorite.  It is my Aunt Kathy's recipe, and everyone who has tried these cookies loves them!  I took a big batch into work today, and even people who said they don't normally like sugar cookies loved these!  So there you go - these cookies convert people.  You should whip up a batch!

Aunt Kathy's Sour Cream Sugar Cookies
[yield approx. 5 dozen cookies, depending on how big you cut them and how thick you roll them out. I rolled them to 1/8 inch]


  • 3/4 c. butter
  • 3/4 c. shortening
  • 1 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 c. sour cream
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 6 c. flour

  1. Cream butter, shortening, sugar in large bowl. Set aside.
  2. Add baking soda to egg yolks in a medium bowl.
  3. Combine sour cream, yolks and vanilla; mix well.
  4. In another bowl, sift salt, flour, and baking powder.
  5. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture, alternating with the sour cream mixture. (Aunt Kathy's note - this dough can get pretty crumbly at this stage, so don't be afraid to use your hands to mix it together!) 
  6. Roll out dough and use cookie cutters. (There is no need to chill the dough before rolling it out.  In fact, it makes it much harder to do so. I chilled my dough and ended up needing it to be warmer in order to roll it out. Just use a well-floured counter, and you'll be good to go!)
  7. Bake at 350 about 10 minutes depending on thickness.
  8. Decorate with royal icing.
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