Friday, March 9, 2012

Super Soft Sugar Cookies

Super Soft Sugar Cookies
Hi everyone, so my blog as been a little slow this couple weeks just due to the craziness of school and job hunting, but I promise once things start settling down a bit, I will make more creative and fun stuff again.  I just kind of made this for a birthday that I went to a while back.  It was also Veteren's Day hence the blue and red! Anyways, these turned out great and SUPER soft.  Probably the softest sugar cookies I have ever made from scratch!  Give it a try and comment to let me know what you think!  FYI, credit goes to for this yummy recipe!

Ingredients (make about 2-3 dozen cookies):
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 small eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup sour cream
-----for buttercream frosting-----
1/2 cup butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar
pinch of salt
3 tbsp heavy whipping cream
food coloring (optional)
sprinkles (optional)

1. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
2. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar with a mixer at a medium speed.  The mixture should be fluffy to indicate it is done.
3. Add the eggs one at a time.  Beat until the whole mixture is well combined.
4. Add the vanilla extract and sour cream and beat on low speed until whole mixture is well combined.
5. Slowly add the dry ingredients from step 1 into the wet ingredients in step 4.  Mix on low until the entire mixture is well combined. (As a precaution, the dough does tend to get a bit sticky, but that is how it's suppose to be so don't worry).
6. Flatten dough into a square or rectangles that are about 1.5 inches thick, wrap it in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
7. After at least 2 hours has passed, preheat oven to 425 degrees.
8. Flour a clean surface that you will be handling the dough on.  Roll out the dough with a pin until it's about 1/4 inch thick.
9. Using cookie cutters, make fun shapes.
10. Place cookie on cookie sheet.
11. Bake cookies for about 6-7 minutes.  The cookies should be a nice and golden color, indicating that they are done.
12. Cool cookies for about 30 minutes before you frost them.
13. To make the frosting, cream together the butter and the vanilla extract with a mixer on low.
14. Slowly add in the powdered sugar and pinch of salt until all has been incorporated.
15. Slowly add in the heavy whipping cream. (At this point you would add the food coloring and make sure that the color has been beaten into the entire mixture.)
16. The cookies should be cooled so then you are ready to decorate them however you wish to. The frosting should set in about a few hours making the transportation of the cookies mess-free!
17. ENJOY!

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