I love to bake. It's almost therapeutic for me. But, I do not like to make sugar cookies. It's a mess and time consuming and sticky. So for me to bake a sugar cookie, the recipe has to be reeeeally good. I mean really good. So good that I might not actually bake the cookies because I'm eating the dough too quickly. So good that I want to take them around to neighbors to share the deliciousness. So good that I don't mind that my kitchen will be a mess of flower and stickiness.
These cookies are that good. This is my Aunt's recipe and she has graciously agreed to let me share it here. The world needs this sugar cookie recipe. Seriously. They are thick, moist, soft, and perfectly sweet without crossing over into the too-sweet-to-handle realm.
We're talking the perfect Valentine's Day treat.
And my guess is, you already have every ingredient on hand to make these heavenly cookies. So what are you waiting for? Go get baking!
Perfect Sugar Cookies
1 C Butter
2 C Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
1 C Sour Cream
5-6 C Flour
1 tsp Soda
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt
Cream together butter, sugar, and eggs.
Add vanilla, sour cream, flour, soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix until blended.
Chill dough for 1 hour.
Roll out thick and cut into desired shapes.
Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes or until edges begin to brown.
Let cool completely and then frost with cream cheese frosting (see below).
Yields approx. 3 dozen large cookies (this obviously varies based on the size of your cookie cutter). (And on how much of the dough you eat... )
Cream Cheese Frosting
I so wish I could give you an exact recipe for this frosting... but I always just put stuff in until it tastes right. This is really close to how I do it. Quick tip: use Mexican Vanilla. It's the best. Literally, I go to Mexico to buy my vanilla. Worth it.
8 oz Cream Cheese
2 T Butter, softened
2 C Powdered Sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Mix together cream cheese and butter. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Mix well. Add enough milk until you reach desired consistency. (This will come faster than you think. Add 1 tsp at a time).
So go and mix up a batch for your kids, your Valentine, your neighbors... seriously, everyone needs one of these cookies!