I shared my sour cream sugar cookie recipe here a while ago. Cherie's is similar. The cookies tasted exactly the same to me, but hers were easier to roll out. I know because I came right home from her class and was so excited to make them and see that I made a batch the very next day. Also, the frosting that she uses is a cream cheese frosting. I have never cared for that for cookies. I LOVE the way cream cheese frosting tastes, but I never thought it was the best consistency for decorating cookies. Hers is the exception. I think it's because it has cream cheese and butter in it. The butter makes the consistency great for spreading on cookies.
Cherie's recipes and tips:
Sour Cream Sugar Cookies (makes about 5-6 dozen cookies)
2 c. sugar
1 c. butter (don't substitute margarine or shortening)
3 tsp. vanilla
1 c. sour cream
2 tsp. baking soda
6 1/2 c. flour
Mix all ingredients except flour. Add flour last, 1-2 cups at a time. Roll dough into 2 balls. Refrigerate about 30 minutes before rolling out. Roll out, cut out, and bake at 400* for about 8 minutes on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
Cream Cheese Frosting
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1/2 stick butter
2-3 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Warm or soften butter and cream cheese to room temperature. Mix together until creamy. Add vanilla and mix again. Add powdered sugar to taste and thickness you want. Color as desired. Keep unused frosting in the fridge. If frosting an entire batch of cookies at once, you may want to double the recipe.
Some of Cherie's Decorating Tips:
- Use toothpicks (dip the tip in frosting to make it sticky) to pick up and apply beads, to fix piping mistakes, to add texture (see the sheep in the top photo here. For the swirls, we just used the end of a toothpick to swirl them).
- Don't bother with piping bags and homemade frosting for the decorating. It's so much easier, less messy, and just as cute if you use writing icing or frosting with tips for piping (that you can buy in any grocery store, the cake decorating aisle at Walmart, craft stores, or Williams-Sonoma). Don't use gel ones! Cake Mate and Wilton brand writing icing are available in most grocery stores).
- Print off pictures (google - Christmas Sugar Cookies, Valentine Sugar Cookies, etc) for decorating ideas
- Colored sugars add sparkle (can be bought almost anywhere you buy writing icing...see above)
- Allow cookies to cool completely before frosting.
- Allow frosting to dry completely before packaging in clear bags as gifts
- A great way to apply colored sugar to a concentrated area is with a baby food spoon.