Christmas Sugar Cookies
(Recipe adapted from the-girl-who-ate-everything.com)
Makes around 4 dozen (allegedly...but mine were big + chunky and I think it came out to around 3-4 dozen :)
1 c. sour cream
2 c. white sugar
1 c. butter
1 tsp. almond extract (I used vanilla - tasted great!)
6 c. flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Combine sour cream, sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla. Beat for 2-3 minutes.
3. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Let the dough chill in fridge for 25 minutes or until firm.
4. Roll it out to about 1/4 inch thick (mine were a bit thicker than that, because I like really big + poofy sugar cookies :) and use cookie cutters to make shapes or circles. You may have to add a little flour to roll them out so the dough is workable but remember: the less flour you use the softer your cookie will be (I didn't have to use any extra flour - just barely a little bit of warm water to help the dough stick!).
5. Bake until LIGHT golden brown about 8-10 minutes (I did 10 since mine were on the thicker side - and that was perfect). When you take them out they will seem to be underdone but they aren't (true!). Let them cool on the pan and they will be perfect and moist (I was preparing them for a party and needed to frost them so I sped up the process by taking them from the pan and putting them on a plate and sticking it in the freezer for 5 minutes - they tasted just as delicious!). If you like them harder and more crunchy just bake them a little longer.
6. Get out some frosting (I used store-bought cream cheese frosting and mixed half with green food coloring and half with red and put them in separate bowls) and your favorite sprinkles and set up a cookie decorating section for your table.
7. Decorate and enjoy. (: