Thursday, February 13, 2014

Softest Sugar Cookies {Happy Valentine's Day!}





These cookies...

I'm going to attempt to say this as modestly as possible... 

...Nope. It can't be done.

These are the BEST, the softest, the most delicious sugar cookies I have ever had the pleasure of devouring... and I have tried my hand at a lot of sugar cookie recipes. 

They will absolutely melt in your mouth! The only trouble I have with them is that it takes an enormous amount of will-power to limit myself.

Who am I kidding? When it comes to these cookies, I don't have any such will-power. 

Seriously. 

Imagine cookie monster with dark brown hair and only slightly less crazy eyes.

Here's the plain and simple truth: We made these last weekend. It made something like 3 1/2 dozen cookies. 

They were gone in three days.

I ate 10 of them. (Good thing I have the whole "baby weight" excuse working in my favor right now.)

Generally, I make these cookies with my family for three special occasions each year:

1.) Halloween

2.) Christmas 

and 3.)...

VALENTINE'S DAY!!


Not to get all cheesy and mushy, but... tis the season.

I am honestly so thankful for you, my readers, and want to wish you a very happy Valentine's day! You guys are the best, and I LOVE reading your emails, and comments, and interacting with you. I hope that this Valentine's day is filled with love for each of you.  {End cheesiness and mushiness.}

In the past, many of you have emailed me requesting a stellar sugar cookie recipe, which I promised to post here.

Well, this is the one.

And now, I'm going to give you the four "commandments" for making the perfect sugar cookies:

1. Thou shalt not skip the chilling phase.
2. Thou shalt not roll them too thin. I go about 1/4 inch thick. (Check out the photo below.)
3. Thou shalt not over bake. There should be little, to no browning going on.
4. Thou shalt not skimp on the frosting.




These cookies are so fun to make and share with those you care about! My children LOVE using the cookie cutters to cut them out, and they get so excited and creative when it's time to decorate them...

Well, sometimes they get a little too creative... and we end up with several cookies that look like a candy-sprinkle factory exploded on top of them. My 5 year-old is an absolute pro at the candy-sprinkle explosion thing. 

If you are looking for a way to make this Valentine's Day extra special, these cookies are perfect to make and share with those you love.

From the bottom of my heart, I hope you have the bestest, happiest, love-filled, huggy-kissy, ooey-gooey, sweet, tender, wonderful Valentine's Day ever!

{I lied. More cheesiness. Also, I love you guys!}



Softest Sugar Cookies
Printable Version


INGREDIENTS 
1 C. unsalted butter (at room temp.)
1 C. sugar
1/2 C. sour cream
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
3 C. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

COOKIE FROSTING
1/2 C. unsalted butter (at room temp.)
1 lb. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
5-7 Tbsp. milk



DIRECTIONS
Cream together butter, sugar, sour cream, eggs, and vanilla. Sift the dry ingredients together, then add to the creamed mixture. Cover, and chill dough at least 1 hour (the longer it chills, the easier it is to work with).

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees.

On a floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thickness and cut into desired shapes. (For a thinner cookie, roll the dough to 1/8 inch thickness.)

Place on un-greased cookie sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Do NOT over-bake! Remove the cookies from the oven just before the edges turn golden.  Allow cookies to cool completely.

While cookies are cooling, use a hand mixer to mix the frosting. Start with 5 Tbsp. milk, and add more ONLY if needed. (I prefer my cookie frosting fairly stiff... not runny.)

Frost cookies and decorate as desired.


14 comments:

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    1. You are going to love 'em, Myeshia! They are divine! Let me know what you think. :)

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  2. I will have to try your recipe. I have one that I've been making for 40 years that I really like -- in fact, it was my mother's, but . . . perhaps my Valentine's cookies this year will be made with your recipe!

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    1. Wow! I'm flattered that you'd even consider trying m recipe when you have your mother's at hand. Thank you! I hope you love 'em. :)

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  3. I will have to try these. Yummo!

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  4. I made these yesterday! They were super soft and delicious. The only thing I should have done was to sift the confectioners sugar, I didn't and my icing wasn't perfectly smooth but they were still delicious!

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  5. Well, Aren't you just darling? I came over from Ron's Uptown Acorn....doncha love Ron? Anyway, I am SO saving this recipe. I LOVE a good sugar cookie and love the soft ones. MyHero likes the crisp ones so if I burn a batch he can have those!;>) I am your newest follower and you are stuck with me now, kid! Putting you on my sidebar right away. xo Diana

    ps- You do know you have double word verification on (which keeps people from leaving comments)-You know that right?

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    1. Hi Dana! Welcome! I hope you enjoy the recipe. And yes, I know about the verification. I got tired of spam comments popping up. This way I can screen for them. :)

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  6. You know, I always wonder when you're going to post something. Why? Because I simply cannot wait to hear what you've been up to/cooking and eating. This blog is legitimately awesome and I think you're an amazing person (oh and you make delicious looking cookies too!). These cookies look amazing. I definitely agree that the chilling phase is mandatory unless you want messed up cookies. Job well done...again! xoxo

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    1. You are so sweet! I'm very flattered... I'm sorry I don't post more often. I know I get an "F" in frequent/reliable post times. I've said all along this is strictly a fun outlet to be done if and only if it doesn't put my family second. If you give the recipe a try, I'd love to hear your thoughts. Thanks again for your kind words. :)

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  7. These definitely look YUMMY!!!! I love sugar cookies, and they make wonderful treats for all the special holidays.
    Thanks for your visit. I'm happy to be a new follower, Mary Alice

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  8. Can you tell me how many cookies this makes?? I LOVE YOUR RECIPE's!!

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    1. Oooooo... That's kind of tough to answer, because it depends on the sizes of your cookie cutters... But I would say about 5 dozen... Maybe? That's if you use the smaller sized cookie cutters. I wish I had a better answer for you!

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