2 more days till Christmas and now that I shared one recipe we ALWAYS make during the holidays, another thing we like to do every holiday season is make sugar cookies. My kids love them. It took me a few attempts but I finally found the best soft sugar cookie recipe on Pinterest… and then I tweaked it just a bit to fit my own taste.
So here’s what you need:
- 1 cup margarine or butter (aka 2 sticks), at room temp
- 1 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 eggs, at room temp
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/4 tsp almond extract (now if you don’t like this you can use lemon juice as a substitute)
- 5 1/2 cup flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 tsp salt [I know there is no 3/4 tsp (the original recipe had 1/2 tsp) and it might seem like a weird measurement, but I just take the 1/2 tsp and add a little more. It gives the dough a bit more flavor honestly. I thought the original recipe lacked a bit and so I do this to my own… not sure if it makes much of a difference, but it makes me feel better, just sayin’!]
1. Mix together margarine & sugar. Beat until it is creamy. Add the eggs, vanilla, almond extract and sour cream and mix it all with a mixer until combined.
2. In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Then slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in the mixer as it is blending. Mix it just until everything is combined.
3. Separate the dough in two equal parts, cover with saran wrap. Refrigerate the dough for a couple of hours.
4. Once the dough is fully chilled roll out dough on a bakers mat, parchment paper or even your counter. The dough will be sticky so be prepared to add anywhere from 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup more of flour.
5. Cut with your desired cookie cutter. Make sure the cookie cutter is either dusted with flour or powdered sugar to prevent it from sticking to the dough.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-9 minutes. And presto!
- 1 cup of butter
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 5-6 TB heavy cream
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp of almond extra (optional)
- food coloring and sprinkles
Directions for the frosting:
1. Combine all listed ingredients and mix with an electric mixer until smooth. Make sure the butter is at room temperature and make sure you do not stick it in the microwave to soften or it will separate your frosting. Then frost on cooled cookies and serve right away or save for later!
I enjoy making these with the kids. They get so excited and love to decorate them. The snowflake cookie cutter I used was this one.
These cookies are the perfect combination of a sugar cookie and a cake. Perfect taste and texture… They turned out so well! This was the second time we baked them for my daughter’s Pre-K class. They are a hit among the kids (and the teachers as well).
This recipe actually yielded me around 45 cookies. If it wasn’t because I was making them for my daughter’s class I would have saved half the batter and stored it in the freezer. It freezes and defrosts great.
And there you have my kid’s artwork! They are pretty good at decorating, if I do say so myself. 😉
What kind of cookies do you bake this season? If you try these you gotta let me know how they turn out!
For the original recipe from Pinterest click here.