Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday: Sugar Cookies

Since I am pretty darn sure that no one can resist an edible handmade valentine, we made cookies!

I recently found a new sugar cookie recipe- with an unusual ingredient... SOUR CREAM! And I was dying to give it a try! (Its delicious by the way!) This recipe originated with Becca @ Blue Cricket Design.


First, the 'wet' ingredients:
sugar, butter, vanilla, eggs and sour cream.

The 'dry' ingredients: flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda.

Start by placing the sugar into your mixer.

Next, melt the butter and pour into the mixer.

Add your deliciously smelling vanilla...

and a couple of eggs! (Cracked open of course!)

Lastly, shake off your weirded out sensation... and just add the sour cream! Trust me, you'll LOVE these cookies!

Combine the 'wet' ingredients well!

Next, combine all of the 'dry' ingredients in a separate bowl. I chose not to picture each ingredient being added, since white (flour) on white (salt) on white (baking powder) on white (baking soda) isn't a real thrill to see!!!

Slowly add the 'dry' mixture to the 'wet' mixture...

And THIS is what you'll have! Beautiful isn't it?

Sugar cookie dough needs to be chilled for at least three hours, so I pulled a gallon sized Ziploc out for airtight storage.

TIP: Roll over the top of your Ziploc before adding messy stuff inside... that way once your food is safely inside you can zip your bag closed without junk clogging the zipper or dripping down the sides of the bag! (Consider this tip a belated Valentine from me to YOU!)

I know that I shouldn't be shocked by the amount of cookie dough that was made... it does have 5 cups of flour in it... but we only made cookies out of half of the dough, and the rest is frozen for a later date!

After your dough has been chilled (I chilled mine overnight), roll it out until its about 1/3" thick. *I sprayed a little cooking spray on my counter so my cookies wouldn't stick... wink!

Grab your favorite cookie cutters- and GO TO TOWN!

In between batches of cookie pressing and baking in the oven, I would stick my dwindling dough ball back into the fridge to keep cool (for easier cutting).

We baked our cookies for 11 minutes- the directions say 10-12 minutes... and since I'm a classic middle child- 11 minutes seemed like the perfect choice! *Note: cookies will not change color with baking!

I also took Becca's frosting recommendation, and microwaved part of a Betty Crocker tub of frosting. It only took about 30-ish seconds to melt, and then I stirred it into a consistent texture.

I happily dipped each cookie into the frosting/icing, letting it drip before I set it onto a plate.

Working quickly (as the cutest cookie decorating team you've ever seen) My two year old son and I made (and then delivered) the yummiest valentines of the season!


Recipe Recap:

***Wet ingredients***
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 cup of melted butter (2 sticks)
1 teaspoon of vanilla
2 eggs
1 cup of sour cream

***Dry ingredients***
5 cups of flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda

Bake at 350* for 10-12 minutes

7 comments:

Candice E.

Wow! The sour cream kinda scares me. But if you say they're good I'll give them a try! My husbands birthday is coming up and sugar cookies are his favorite!

*

Looks like a great recipe....

A question though:

Are these cookies soft or hard?

Or is this a reflection of how long they cook?

Laura Webber

At 11 minutes they were very soft... in fact, I was nervous placing them in a ziploc, but none crumbled! Seriously, if you like sugar cookies, this is a great cookie!

Jen@Scrapingirl

The sour cream gives me a fright. But I trust you, so I will try it the next time I buy flour. :) I like the idea of making a ton, the freezing for a later date. My little brain would never have thought of that. I would've made all, and then sent them with my hubby to his work. You know fire fighters, they're always up for desserts. :)

Kim

My aunt makes a sour cream cookie and omg they are so good. I wonder if this is the same recipe!?!?! I'll have to give this a try!

Becky C

Perfect timing with this recipe. My 6 yr old has been begging me to make cut-out cookies, and my son's teacher needs sugar cookies for an Olympics party next week (the kids are going to decorate their own medals).
The dough is chilling now. I haven't tasted the cookies yet, but the dough is awesome! ;-)

Laura Webber

Hi Kim,
I bet this is the same recipe! Try it!

Becky,
You've got a lucky kid and a class filled with lucky students! Happy baking!