Friday, February 25, 2011

Cookies, Sugar!

Yes~ I finally made Sugar Cookies...
I haven't made sugar cookies for a very, very long time. And I've been intending to do it for a while now, but it just never seems to happen.
I decided that no matter what, I was going to make Amy's Sugar Cookies this year for Valentines.
No. Matter. What!

 And honestly? It wasn't nearly as messy and terrible as I remembered.
Messy? Yes...but not so bad.
Perhaps that was because the kids didn't help?
They just stood around, confused, jaws hanging open...

Next time~ I'll get them to help!

 This is a soft sugar cookie recipe~ the kind with sour cream in it.
They were good. Nice and soft...uh except for the first batch, which I over baked. They still got eaten, though!
I do think this particular recipe is better with frosting.
You may remember that my kids don't like frosting?
I left the cookies all un-frosted, so everyone could choose if they wanted frosting or not.
And guess what??? My kids liked them with the frosting too!

In fact, Shane ate an un-frosted cookie and spit it out in the garbage!
He did not like it at all. I had to coax him to try another one with frosting.
He liked the frosted ones much better!

Absolutely my favorite buttercream type (un-cooked) frosting right now!
Light, fluffy and not too overly sweet.
(I wish she were still blogging! Check out some of her other yummy recipes too. The Sugar Cookie bars are also yummy!)

When I was making the frosting, I remembered my mom teaching me to make buttercream frosting.
She would tell me, "Don't drown the miller". That's what she called it if I added too much liquid.  Which I did on frequent occasions!

Amy's Soft Sugar Cookies

In large bowl or mixer, Mix together:
1/2 cup margarine
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup sour cream (small container)

In a separate bowl, mix together: then add to previous ingredients:
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. soda
61/2-7 cups flour

Roll out to desired thickness. (I like mine thick!)
Bake for 5-8 minutes (mine were perfect @ 6 minutes)
 @ 400 degrees on greased cookie sheet.
Cool on rack
Frost, if desired
 I recommend:

And this is what happens when you put 2 frosted cookies on a plate to take pictures for your blog.
And then you try to tip the plate for a more pleasing photography angle...


 Good thing I waited to mop the floor until after I was done baking cookies!

I have another recipe I'll be trying... sometime...soonish...
Do you have a favorite sugar cookie recipe?


  1. I'm so proud of you for making sugar cookies! They look scrumptious no matter what Shane thought of them!

    My favorite sugar cookie recipe is on Kimmie's blog. They're soft and oh-so-good.
    "Don't drown the miller", I've never heard that before but I know what she means.

    Have a great weekend.

  2. Yum! I have only made sugar cookies twice in my life.
    I've always thought they were a mess. But I did do some for Valentines this year.

    I'll have to write down your recipe. It looks great.

    You know, it's a exponential law....the more expensive your flooring is, the more likely it is that the toast w/ jam or sugar cookie w/ icing will land sticky side down.
    Natural law I'm tellin' ya.
    You must have expensive flooring.

  3. I wanted to make sugar cookies for Valentines day but it slipped by. Now you have made me want to still make them..they look really good.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. I have a favorite one that my Mom always used. When she passed away I got the cookie cutters.

  4. Hey better late than never and they look absolutely scrumptious.
    This recipe looks good - I have a few I use that I really like. The one I seek, however, is THE lofthouse cookie recipe.

  5. I think I will be making some cookies soon. Very soon. I don't eat them, but my kids have fun helping to bake them with me. :)

  6. YUM!
    I have a hard time wanting to cook, too, because the mess overwhelms me! I'm glad i'm not the only one...

    My favorite sugar cookie is Paradise Bakery Sugar cookies. If you like sugar cookies without frosting, you will luuuuuv them! I can get you the recipe if you are interested. :)

    I love your blog Valerie! You are so cute and expressive. So much fun to read!

  7. PS: I linked you on my blog. Hope that's okay. :)

  8. I'm one of those strange people who doesn't like sugar cookies. I love sweets of all kinds, but for some reason, not sugar cookies. But yours are so pretty and sweet.

  9. Seriously.. a good homemade sugar cookie is one of my very favorite desserts on the planet. I am very picky about them.. but man oh man... these pictures look scrumptious!
    I will have to save the frosting recipe! Yum!!

  10. I love your background! homemade sugar cookies sound really good right now. Think it is bad to want them for breakfast? Yummmy!!!

  11. You are my hero! Homemade sugar cookies :)
    Love that pic of the splat :)
    I have made 'homemade' sugar cookies from the local bakery.... at least I tell the kids they are homemade :)

  12. I use a very similar recipe. However, we like a little almond extract along with vanilla in the frosting.

  13. oh! THIS makes me hungry! do you remember the old jim henson show "emmett otter's jug-band Christmas"??? there's a part when the gang's ringleader says (who happens to be a rough-looking bear in a torn denim vest) "i'm not hungry. i'm HUNNN-GRY!" yeah, that's pretty much what i'm feeling right about now thanks to your batch o' cookies! :D

    btw, you're welcome on including the video. it was a complete blast to put together, and then to see everyone's reactions. heartwarming to say the least! thanks for checking out all our crazy details. ::hugs::

  14. I do jump in here periodically but never comment so I figured I better so you know I love you and DO read your blog a little!!

    I LOVED the after shots of the cookie on the floor! My kinda pictures! That is REAL motherhood!

    I actually stopped making sugar cookies (except drop) when I changed over to wheat flour. You just can't roll out wheat flour sugar cookies! Most of the very refined white sweets had to go when wheat came along. But the recipes I do use all wheat flour are amazing with a very robust and rich flavor! I had a Texas sheet cake I made for RS and I tried one of the other ladies with the same recipe and there was no comparison in flavor...mine had WAY more substance and flavor! So I can forgo the rolled out sugar cookies as I find other fabulous recipes.

    Okay, very long winded and I hope you are feeling much better. Spring is coming right?? Lynnae said today that it was snowing!! AHHH....we are at 90+ every day and the AC runs at night!! Wanna come get better in mildly hot and very windy Texas??

    Loves and hugs,