Soft Sugar Cookies For A Very Merry Christmas

Sugar cookies are a traditional Christmas cookie in our family.  I make them every year for the holidays.  And before me, my mother and grandmother made them every year for the holidays too.

What would Christmas be without them?  Disappointing…

These cookies are soft, sweet, and addicting.  Seriously, if you think you can eat just one you’re only fooling yourself.

Soft Sugar Cookies

1 c. butter (or margarine) softened

2 eggs

1 c. granulated sugar

1 c. light brown sugar

1 c. sour cream

2 tsp. vanilla

2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

5 c. flour

In a large bowl, cream butter, eggs, and sugars together.  Add sour cream, vanilla, baking soda, and salt; mix completely.  Mix in one cup of flour at a time.  When all ingredients are completely blended cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out to about 1/4” thick (don’t roll too thin) and cut out cookies with cookie cutters.  Place on parchment lined cookie sheets about 2” apart.  Bake for about 8 minutes, or until cookies are slightly firm to the touch. 

Move cookies to baking racks and let cool completely before frosting with your favorite buttercream icing.

I think it’s the brown sugar and sour cream that make these cookies extra special.  Try making them and let me know what you think.

Wishing Everyone A Very Merry Christmas!

Have a heart – cookie that is….

I suppose what  inspired to make these cookies was a recent trip to Panera Bread.  As I was ordering my healthy lunch I couldn’t keep my eyes off of their heart-shaped shortbread cookies.  I love Panera’s shortbread cookies. My observant husband asked me if I’d like a cookie and I told him I would on Valentine’s Day.  He just grinned.  He also asked me if I’d like a heart-shaped donut from Dunkin Donuts too.  He knows me so well.

I found this sugar cookie  (not shortbread) recipe at  Wilton’s website.   Their sugar cookie recipe is quite different from my tried-and-true recipe.

I have never made a sugar cookie that the dough was this easy to work with, I think it’s because of all the butter.   The recipe specifically advises you not to refrigerate the dough prior to rolling out your cookies.  In this case, I put the dough on a lightly floured  piece of parchment paper.  The dough rolled out nicely without sticking and transferred to the cookie sheet with ease.  Prior to baking the cookies I sprinkled the tops  with pink granulated colored sugar in an effort to cut a few calories that frosting would have added.

These cookies should transport easily if you’re going to a Valentine’s Day party. The verdict on this cookie is at a tie in our house.  I prefer my tried-and-true recipe over this one.  My husband on the other hand, feels just the opposite.  So, I guess you will have to bake a batch of these and let me know what you think of them.

Does anyone have a great shortbread cookie recipe that you would compare to Panera’s?  If so, are you willing to share it?

**Update** I tried the shortbread cookie recipe that one of my readers recommended below.  To see the cookies, and get my opinion, see my blog post Get out your sifters for these shortbreads.