Thursday, December 8, 2011

Advent Calendar - Christmas Cookies

My grandson Jack's favorite holiday activity is baking and decorating cookies.  We use my friend Laural Watson's recipe, which makes big, soft sugar cookies.  This is the only sugar cookie recipe you'll ever need.

Laural's Sugar Cookies

1 c. softened unsalted butter
3/4 tsp. salt
2 c. sugar
1 egg
1 c. sour cream
4 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla

Cream butter, salt, and sugar together.  Add egg and sour cream and mix well. Add vanilla.  Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture.  Chill dough for at least 4 hours or overnight.  Roll out and cut into shapes.  Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes

Cream Cheese Frosting

8 oz. cream cheese
16 oz. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix ingredients well.  (I also add a little milk to thin.)  Frost and enjoy!

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