Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Happy National Sugar Cookie Day

Who doesn't love a soft sugar cookie, with icing and sprinkle!?! I will admit there have been occasions when I've splurged and purchase one of those delicious pink iced cookies you find in the convenience stores, and I will even admit that I savored every bite.  Years ago my friend shared with me a recipe for cookies just like those.  They are so easy, way too easy, and taste just as good as those sinful treats we all love.  And what better day than today, National Sugar Cookie Day, to share our favorite sugar cookie with you all. 

Soft Sugar Cookies
2 cups Sugar
1 cup Butter
1 cup Sour Cream (I've also used Greek yogurt and it works great!)
4 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla
6 cups All Purpose Flour
1 tbsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Salt

Cream the butter and sugar, until light and fluffy.  Add the sour cream, eggs, and vanilla.  Mix until well combined.  Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, continue mixing until all ingredients have been incorporated.
Cover and refrigerate overnight. 
Remove from refrigerator and let stand at room temp for 30 minutes.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  On a floured surface, roll a portion of dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut with cookie cutters into desired shapes.  Place on baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.  Cool on a wire rack.  Decorate with icing and sprinkles and enjoy.

Easy Buttercream Frosting
1/2 cup Shortening
1/2 cup Salted Butter
1 tsp Vanilla
Pinch of Salt
4 cups Powdered Sugar
2 tbsp Milk or Water

Cream Shortening and Butter.  Add the vanilla and salt.  Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time and continue to beat until light and fluffy. Add the milk or water one tbsp at a time and beat for 3-5 more minutes.  Spread evenly on each cookie and decorate as desired.

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