Simply Soft Sugar Cookies
with Lemon Buttercream Frosting
Your going to absolutely love these sugar cookies... they are soft and moist and almost cake-like in texture. It has been my "go to" sugar cookie recipe for well over twenty years. And yes, KellyAnne, I finally found my recipe. It was hiding in the recipe binder I bought for myself a couple of years ago to get all my recipes organized. (Actually it was the only recipe in the binder. Oops! Guess I didn't do so good that year with my resolutions.) Has it been that long since I've made Sugar Cookies? Of course there is a secret ingredient that makes these cookies so moist and delicious. Sour cream. But don't tell anyone, it's suppose to be a secret.
Simply Soft Sugar Cookies
Recipe by Our Sweet Lemons
3 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick of real butter (you'll be disappointed if it's not real)
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 tsp real vanilla
1 cup sour cream
* Add several Tbsp of grated lemon peel to the creamed butter and sugar if you really want to boost the lemony taste.
Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt together in a bowl. Set aside.
Cream the butter and sugar together until really creamy. Add the egg, vanilla and sour cream to the creamed mixture.
Add about half the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and beat until well combined. Use a wooden spoon to combine the remaining dry ingredients unless you have a great mixer that can handle the heavy dough.
Divide into two portions and form each into a ball. You may want to refrigerate for about 15 minutes to make the dough easier to handle. Roll the dough 1/4 inch thick on a floured surface and cut into your desired shapes. Place on an un-greased cookie sheet and bake at 400° for 8 to 10 minutes. Time will vary depending on the size of your shapes. Cookies are done when the top springs back when lightly touched and the bottoms are slightly browned. Cool them well before frosting.
Lemon Buttercream Frosting
2 1/2 sticks of real butter3 tsp grated lemon peel.
3 Tbsp juice from a fresh lemon
dash of salt
3 cups powdered sugar
Cream butter, lemon peel, lemon juice and dash of salt until creamy. Add powdered sugar gradually until well blended. The natural color of this frosting is a creamy white. You may wish to color your frosting by adding a few drops of food coloring. Frost your cookies generously and then decorate as you please.
These are great cookies to give away as they not only taste delicious but they look so pretty. Be sure to hide some away for yourself!