Friday, December 23, 2011

Big Soft Sugar Cookies

Amazing Big, Soft, Rolled Sugar Cookies

These are the best soft sugar cookies ever!  I love really soft sugar cookies that aren't too sweet.  The secret is the sour cream I think.  We rolled these out a little thicker than 1/4", sort of on the thick side, they will fluff up a little but don't spread out much.  I am not sure where this recipe originated, I have had it for years.  As a kid, this is the cookie I remember making with my mom and grandma. 
The big Wilton cookie cutters work best with this recipe.  And don't be afraid to really flour your rolling pin and dough when you are rolling it out, it helps keep their shape when cutting.  We use parchment paper on our cookie sheets, clean up is easier and the cookies don't stick to the cookie sheet.  Oh and I use Crisco Baking Sticks, each stick is one cup so there isn't as much mess trying to scoop it out and don't use the Butter Flavor.  So here is the recipe!

2 cups sugar
1 cup Crisco shortening
3 eggs
1 cup sour cream (8 oz container)
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • In a bowl, mix dry ingredients by hand; flour, baking powder and baking soda, set aside. 
  • In a big mixing bowl with your mixer, cream sugar, shortening and eggs.  Add sour cream and vanilla.  With the mixer on low to medium speed, gradually add the bowl of dry ingredients and mix well. 
  • Refrigerate covered overnight.
  • To roll cookies, flour cookie cutter edges, rolling pin and rolling surface well.  Divide cookie dough and roll about 1/4" thick and cut shapes. Place on parchment paper covered cookie sheets.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Bake at 350 degrees 11-14 minutes or until just slightly light brown or actually still sort of white, see the photo, and promptly remove from cookie sheet to cooling racks. (my very old, unpredictable oven takes 16 minutes though )
  • Makes about 48 cookies depending on how thick you roll the dough. 
  • Frost them with your favorite frosting!
I know this is a scrapbook/paper crafting blog so here is how this recipe relates to the blog.  I just got the AccuCut Apron A-7 die for Christmas and will be making an Apron mini album with family favorite recipe cards for myself, daughters and granddaughter.  

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