I made these for my sons to take to their teachers for Valentine's Day. My kindergarten son was SO excited to take them to school. He told me that these are his teacher's favorite kind of cookies. I have to say, they are mine too!
Soft Sour Cream Sugar Cookies
- 1 cup shortening(I use Crisco)
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 t. vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 4 1/2 - 5 cups all-purpose flour
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 t. baking soda
- 2 t. baking powder
Directions: Mix first 5 ingredients together. Stir 4 1/2 cups flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder together in a separate bowl. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix. Add additional 1/2 cup flour if needed. Works best if you refrigerate the dough for one hour. Roll, cut and bake cookies at 400 degrees until just barely light golden brown on the bottom, ~10 minutes. After cookies have cooled, frost and decorate.
Butter Cream Frosting
- 2 lb. powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup butter (1 cube), melted
- 2 t. vanilla
- 1/2 cup evaporated milk
- 1/4 t. salt
- food coloring, if desired
Directions: Beat all ingredients together until smooth. This frosting is great on sugar cookies and also great on cinnamon rolls.
For the heart on the cookie: I mixed sugar with some food coloring in a bag, placed a cookie cutter on the frosted cookie and sprinkled the colored sugar inside the cookie cutter. These would be so cute with a green sugar shamrock next month!