Thursday, December 6, 2012

Soft Sugar Cookies (12 Weeks of Christmas Treats)

These cookies are one of my favorite cookies to eat during the holiday season, the cookies are soft and the icing is sweet (but not too sweet) and the sprinkles add a tiny extra bit of crunch that is the perfect addition. These cookies are similar to Lofthouse style cookies, un-iced I'd say they resemble a Nilla Wafer cookie but then again, I was eating one of the ones that we were a little more done. :)

Soft Sugar Cookies
Recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod

Cookie Ingredients:
  • 6 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temp
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream (I used about 1 cup because I bought the wrong size container, whoops!)

Cookie Directions:
  • In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.
  • Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, to the butter/sugar mixture and mix until well combined. 
  • Add the vanilla extract and sour cream and mix until well blended.
  • Add the dry ingredients slowly, beating until the dry ingredients are incorporated. The dough will be sticky.
  • Divide the dough in half and flatten into rectangles that are about 1/2 inch thick. Cover dough with plastic wrap and let chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours. 
  • Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • When the dough is fully chilled, sprinkle the dough with a little bit of flour and roll out to 1/4 inch thickness. Using your favorite cookie cutters, cut out dough and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet about 1and 1/2 inches apart. The cookies won't spread too much so you can place them pretty close together. 
  • Bake at 425 degrees for 7 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden brown. 
  • Immediately move to a wire rack to cool. When cookies are completely cool, ice them with the following frosting. 
Frosting Ingredients:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream
 Frosting Directions:
  • In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and vanilla extract together.
  • Slowly beat in the powdered sugar and salt.
  • Add the heavy cream and beat until the icing becomes smooth, light, and fluffy.
  • If desired, add food coloring.
  • Frost the cookies, add sprinkles (if desired) and let the frosting set before storing the cookies.

It's that time again, the 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats blog hop! Thanks to Brenda at Meal Planning Magic for hosting us this year! Let's see what everybody baked up this week. :) After seeing all these treats, I'm kinda sad we aren't having our holiday party this year, I would love to make so many of these wonderful treats!


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