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Sugar Cookies

A soft and delicious sugar cookie – perfect for Christmas decorating! For a fun variation, try the Stand-Up Cookie idea below. Depending upon the size of cookie, recipe will make between 2-3 dozen cookies.

 

Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Frosting, sprinkles, colored sugar, decorations

 

Method:
Beat together butter and sugar. Add sour cream, eggs, and vanilla beat well. Stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour.

Pre-heat oven to 350° F.

Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with floured cookie cutter shapes. Place shapes 1-inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes (cookie will be a very light tan on bottom – tops will still be pale). Remove to wire cooling rack. Frost when cooled.

 

Notes:
Nutrition analysis was calculated assuming recipe makes 2 dozen cookies. Frosting is not included in analysis.

*Stand-Up Cookies - symmetrical shapes work best (e.g. stars, snow flakes, etc.), but with a little care you can create standup bells, snowmen, and other fun shapes. Roll chilled cookie dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut desired shapes and place on baking sheet. Cut a vertical slit approximately 5/8 of the way through each cookie. If making asymmetrical shapes (i.e. snowmen, boots, etc) cut slits on opposite ends of two cookies (when assembled, the two parts will create one stand-up cookie). For snowmen cookies, use 1 snowman cookie and 1 round cookie, the same size as the base of the snowman. Cut slits as directed above (the round cookie creates the stand for the snowman).

Spread the slits apart to create a 1/4-inch opening. If desired, sprinkle with colored sugar (which replaces frosting later). Bake as directed above. When baked, gently trim the opening as needed, move cookie to cooling rack. When cooled completely, lightly frost cookies. Assemble by placing two cookies with matching slits together.

 

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