Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies

Yet another Valentine's Day goodie! This recipe has been tested multiple times because it has been passed down through 3 generations. I guarantee you they will be the best sugar cookies you have ever eaten! The sour cream keeps them moist and the lemon extract adds a little something special. Hope you enjoy!

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup shortening (regular or butter flavor)
2 eggs, unbeaten
3 Tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Powdered sugar
food coloring

Gradually add sugar to shortening, creaming until fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add sour cream and flavorings. Stir in flour sifted with baking soda and salt. (I don't sift mine) Mix well. Chill in fridge. (The dough is easier to work with if it has been chilled.) Roll out small amount of dough at a time on a lightly floured surface. (I roll mine out very thick. Maybe 1/8 inch?) Cut with various shaped cookie cutters. Place on a non-greased baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes. (varies depending on your thickness so watch them carefully the first time you make them and adjust the recipe accordingly) Makes about 2-3 dozen thick cookies. I usually make a couple different colors of icing. Divide the powdered sugar into desired number of bowls. Add coloring of choice. Add water until you reach your desired consistency. (And try not to eat too much icing while decorating your cookies. It will make you sick! I know from experience)

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