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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

Do you LOVE sugar cookies as much as I do? Probably not. That would be almost impossible. But, if you like them even half as much as I do, you'll love this recipe.

When I was engaged, I lived with my grandmother for a few months and a lady in her neighborhood made these delicious sour cream sugar cookies for a church women's group party. They were so good I just had to have the recipe. I knew that I would be married soon and needed to have the recipe to impress my new husband (tee hee). They were a hit with Dan then, and continue to be today with the whole family. The secret is the sour cream. The sad part is that neither I nor my grandmother wrote down the name of the lady who gave me the recipe. So I guess 25 years after the fact they are now "Karen's Sour Cream Sugar Cookies." Enjoy!

Karen's Sour Cream Sugar Cookies
makes about 4 doz. depending on size of cookie cutter

Cream together:
2 C. sugar
1 C. butter flavored shortening
2 C. sour cream

Add and beat:
1 eggs
1 tea. vanilla

Stir in:
4 1/2 C. flour
1 tea. soda
1 1/2 tea. salt

Roll out on a nicely floured counter. I knead in as much more flour as it feels it needs before I roll it out. Roll to about 1/4" thick and use cookie cutters of your choice. Bake at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes, or until done.

Cool on rack then frost. I LOVE to use buttercream frosting. Here is my recipe for that as well.

Karen and Nedra's Buttercream Frosting (I got this recipe from my mother, Nedra. I remember helping her make it as early as 5 years old. We use it on cookies and cakes. Delish!)

1 stick butter, softened
4 C. powdered sugar
1 tea. vanilla
dash of salt
1/4 C. milk (or a bit more if needed)

Put all ingredients in mixing bowl and beat until smooth. Feel free to add a few tablespoons of cocoa to make chocolate frosting, a drop of mint extract for mint frosting, or even just food coloring for color.


Leslie said...

One of the teachers made some sugar cookies for me this year and I am so missing them now that they have been devoured. I was so needing a sugar cookie recipe. Think my week off is going to find me in the kitchen with Karen's sour cream sugar cookies and Jane's pecan praline crunch.
Question - can you use butter rather than the butter flavored shortening?

Kim Harper said...

Karen, I have a question too (Leslie asked about the butter for me - lol). Would this receipe work in a cookie press? I bought the cookie press from Pampered Chef and want to make some special Christmas cookies with it and am looking for a delicious receipe ( I know I have found one here).
Thanks for sharing:)

Karla Kroese said...

Mmmm! Can't wait to try this one! Thanks for sharing!

Karen Pedersen said...

Hi, Leslie and Kim. To answer your questions: I have tried using butter instead of shortening before. They did not hold together as well. If you do use butter, my recommendation would be to do half butter and half shortening. I think you will be happier with the results. As far as the cookie press: I have not tried them that way but I think they would work because I do end up kneading in quite a bit of flour as I roll them out. So, they are probably a good texture to use with the press. But, that is just an educated guess. Have fun 'cookie-ing'!

bren yule said...

Yumm-o! I can't wait to make these this week! I just so happened to have found a really cute antique snowflake cookie cutter at the swap meet today for a quarter! I love treasure hunting!

Melanie said...

YUMMY!! Sugar cookie baking is on our agenda for Wednesday night!! Thanks for sharing. I LOVE trying out new sugar cookie recipes!!

Rachele Funk said...

I love sugar cookies as much as you do! I've go a sour cream sugar cookie recipe too! (so soft and yummy!) I put nutmeg in mine as well. It was a newspaper recipe from Logan, UT about 25 years ago! (I feel so old now!) I love frosting not icing as well. I'm going to try your frosting recipe! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

Amy said...

Yumaroo, I LOVE LOVE LOVE sugar cookies I think probably more than you, I could eat sooo many at a time, mmmmmmm!! Hope you're having a fabulous holiday, you deserve it.

Jamie Harder said...

YUM!!! I just made sugar cookies tonight....they are only ok when I need more...I am SO using this recipe!!! THANKS!!

Missgingerdots said...

Just bought a new snowflake cookie cutter. Must try your recipe!
Looks yummy! said...

I have lots of sour cream i need to use! thanks for the recipe. I LOVE your blog and all the cards you post! they are so inspiring. thanks!
Merry Christmas!

Elisha said...

Hi Karen,
I just made your Sour Cream Sugar Cookies tonight and I just have to say YUM!! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe. I will be making these cookies for years to come.


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