Sugar Cookies

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Recipe: Sugar Cookies

Summary: December 18 - A Cookie A Day Until Christmas! You know how much I love my friend Jamie? It’s because of these cookies. You may never eat a more delicious sugar cookie – delicate and soft. The dough is very sticky and it’s a little like trying to roll out cake batter. It’s worth the trouble, I promise.


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup sour cream


  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well. Add vanilla.
  2. Combine dry ingredients together. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, a little at a time, alternating with the sour cream.
  3. Chill 3 – 4 hours or overnight. Even when chilled, this dough is tricky to work with and the shapes get distorted when transferring to the baking sheet.
  4. To keep the shapes “in shape”, roll out dough between sheets of parchment paper, about ½” thick.  Don't be shy with the flour.  Place on a cookie sheet and chill sheets of rolled cookie dough for 1-2 hours. Cut in desired shapes, leaving 1 – 2” between each cut out. Remove excess dough from parchment paper, leaving the shapes in place.  Bake for 8 – 10 minutes at 350°. Frost and decorate as desired.


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