Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Cookie Recipe - Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

Since I can remember, my mom has made these delicious soft sugar cookies, which we'd cut out in holiday shapes and spend hours frosting and decorating each December.  I always looked forward to that tradition and I am so excited about continuing the tradition with my kids someday.  Everywhere I take these cookies, people always ask me for the recipe.  The reason why is that many people have never had a soft sugar cookie before, and they're intrigued.  The secret to these cookies is the sour cream!  You can't even taste the sour cream in them, but they're what make these babies soft and chewy.  It brings the awesome.  Give these a try next time you're in the mood for a yummy sugar cookie that won't cause you to chip a tooth.

Here's a picture of these lovely sugary creations.  These are stars that we've decorated as Santas, snowmen, stars and snowflakes.
Nevermind the snickerdoodles that snuck into the picture.

Soft Sugar Cookies
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
Using a large stand mixer with a paddle attachment, thoroughly mix eggs, vanilla extract, almond extract, sugars, sour cream and butter.  Mixture may look lumpy, but that's okay.  The lumps will work themselves out when you begin mixing in the flour.  Add salt, baking soda, baking powder and blend well.  Gradually add flour while mixing dough on low speed, 1 cup at a time.  After the third cup of flour is blended in, turn mixer on high speed for 1 to 2 minutes to work out the lumps in the batter.  Then turn mixer back to low speed and finish mixing in the remaining cups of flour.  The dough will be very sticky and stiff.  Chill dough overnight.

The next day, take dough out of the refrigerator and preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Using a wood cutting board coated heavily in flour, put several large spoonfuls of dough onto the cutting board.  Sprinkle flour over the top of the dough ball and pat the dough ball to for it into a round ball.  Using a rolling pin, roll dough flat, to about a 1/4" thickness.  Use cookie cutters in desired shapes to cut out dough and place cutout cookie dough onto ungreased cookie sheets.  Bake for 8-10 minutes per cookie sheet.  Allow cookies to cool on cooling racks.

Once the cookies are completely cool, it's time to frost and decorate them!  Now you've got to whip up a batch of frosting.

Frosting for Soft Sugar Cookies
  • 1/3 cup of butter, softened
  • 1 lb. powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 6 to 8 tbsp. whole milk (more milk for thinner frosting, less milk for thicker frosting)
Beat frosting with an electric mixer until smooth.  Separate into several cups and add 6-8 drops of food coloring to each cup to dye the frosting to your desired colors.  Usually I make red, yellow and green frosting, and leave one cup white.

We don't use fancy piping bags to frost the cookies, just good, old fashioned butter knives.  We're old school like that.  We usually have a huge number of sprinkles, non-pareils, colored sugars, mini chocolate chips and mini M&Ms to decorate the cookies.  As far as decorating goes, the sky's the limit!  Have fun and let your imagination run wild.

Have fun with these!  They're awesome to take to holiday parties, give away as gifts or just snack on throughout the holiday season.   They also freeze VERY well, so you can make them early in the holiday season and thaw them out as you get closer to Christmas.

Happy Cookie Baking!

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