It’s time for another of our favorite Christmas recipes. Today we’ll be sharing THE best sugar cookie recipe in town. Crisp, yet moist, buttery, sweet, but still light and delicious. And as a bonus, I’m sharing one of our favorite frosting recipes. I get regular compliments on this recipe, and you might be surprised at the ingredients in it. 🙂
The Best Sugar Cookie Recipe
2 sticks unsalted butter
2 eggs, beaten
1 c. white sugar
3 T. sour cream
1 t. pure vanilla
1 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
3 c. flour
Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, vanilla, soda, sour cream and salt, and mix well. Add in flour, 1 cup at a time, mixing well. Refrigerate dough for 1/2 hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out cookie dough to 1/4 inch thick ( you can do 1/8 inch if you like the thinner, crispier sugar cookies). Use cookie cutters to make desired shapes, transfer cut out shapes to cookie sheet. Decorate with sprinkles and/or colored sugars now if you’re not going to frost these. Bake for 6-8 minutes or until edges just begin to get golden.
The Best Buttercream Frosting Recipe
This Buttercream frosting recipe is phenomenal. I get compliments on it on a regular basis. The amounts are in place for a 3-layer round cake, so I’d use a third of this recipe for the cookies.
1.5 sticks real unsalted butter, softened (1/2 a stick for one batch of cookies)
7.5 c. powdered sugar (2.5 c. for one batch of cookies)
2 t. fresh squeezed lemon juice (2 t. for one batch of cookies)
1 T. pure vanilla (1 t. for one batch of cookies)
1 t. salt (1/4 t. for one batch of cookies)
3 T. whole milk or cream (1 T. for one batch of cookies, adding a dash more if it’s too thick)
If you like a sweeter, more cotton-candyish flavor for your frosting, use pure almond extract instead of vanilla extract. Prep is easy: mix all ingredients well, add liquid food coloring if desired, and spread on cooled cookies.
And if you are interested in some other great, non-dessert recipes to share or make during the Christmas/New Year holiday, try these out:
Happy baking, my friends! Hope you enjoy these terrific homemade treats. Now, time to share your favorite holiday recipe ideas in the comments. 🙂