Thursday, December 9, 2010
Santa Sugar Cookies
Everyone has their own super secret favorite sugar cookie recipe. I don't know that this one is more fantastic than any other, but it's serviceable, and works well even without chilling the dough. I like to add the pinch of nutmeg to the dough or a bit of grated lemon zest to make the flavor more interesting.
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup real sour cream (read the label - I use Daisy because it doesn't have anything funny in it)
1 cup sugar
1 t. vanilla
1/2 t. salt
1 t. baking soda
3 cups all purpose unbleached flour
Beat the butter, sour cream, sugar, vanilla and egg together until creamy, then beat in the salt, soda and the flour, one cup at a time until it forms a nice dough ball. On a lightly floured surface, roll out to a 1/4" thickness and cut into desired shapes. For Santa heads, a 2 1/2"-3" circle works best. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 8 minutes at 375 degrees. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
1/2 cup butter
1/2 t. vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar
Beat the butter, sugar and vanilla, adding milk a tablespoon at a time until the frosting reaches a nice fluffy spreadable consistency.
To make Santas, sprinkle red sugar across the top 1/4" of the frosted circle. Place a mini marshmallow on one side for the hat pom pom. Place two chocolate chips for eyes, a red hot for the nose, and sprinkle coconut on for the beard.