Easy Sour Cream Cookie Recipe for Your Holiday Baking

I really didn't get a chance to know my Grandma Mickey, because she died when I was three years old.  But from the stories I've heard, she was a big fan of making sure that cookies were offered when you were there to visit.  And one of her recipes is still made on a regular basis by practically everyone in my dad's family.

While I'm sure there are numerous recipes out there for Sour Cream Cookies, I like to think of it as our family recipe.  It has been passed down through generations of family members.  There isn't a Christmas holiday that I can remember that these cookies haven't been made at my house.  Sure, there are years when there is a little less time and they are made as a ball shape rather than being cut out and decorated.  But in some form or another, Sour Cream Cookies must make an appearance.

This holiday, I've been given the opportunity to work with Bob's Red Mill and try their Organic Unbleached White Flour.  What better time to try it out than with my beloved cookie recipe, right?  This is the same high protein flour used by professional bakers and it produces high, well-textured loaves of bread equally as well as light, airy baked goods....like my Sour Cream Cookies.

When I measured it into my bowl, I was really able to notice how natural it looks as compared to the traditional unbleached flour you buy at the store.  It is perfect for all of your baking needs and really produced a superb cookie.  (Plus it is in a super cute package which always scores extra points in my world!)

So are you ready to start baking some holiday cookies with me?


Cookie Ingredients:
4 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup shortening
1 3/4 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

Frosting Ingredients:
2 pounds powder sugar
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
Milk (optional if the frosting is too dry)

Combine the flour, soda, baking powder, and salt.  Cream the sugar into the shortening.  Add the four mixtures.  Then add the sour cream, eggs, and vanilla.

You can either drop tablespoons of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet or roll the dough out to cut shapes using cookie cutters.  The cookies will puff up a bit, so don't roll the dough too thick.

Either way, bake the trays of cookies at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges start to brown.  Allow the cookies to cool completely before frosting them.

Mix the three frosting ingredients together and add a few drops of milk if it seems too thick.  You can then divide the frosting into separate bowls and add food coloring if you wish.  (I prefer to use paste food coloring from Wilton because it gives you a more vibrant color for your frosting.  affiliate link)  If you are decorating a cookie with multiple colors or adding details, be sure to let the first color of frosting dry before adding any more.  Add sprinkles or whatever embellishments that you desire to make your cookies perfect for your family.

This is really a recipe that is fun to make with kids, especially with the decorating.  The cookies and frosting can both be made ahead of time and stored in the freezer, although I prefer not to put the frosting on the cookies ahead of time.  The frosting can be stored in a ziploc bag and will actually not get hard in the freezer!  (In order to make these cookies for today's post, I actually did freeze many of the cookies and the remaining frosting so that they can be finished off closer to Christmas.)

Baking these sour cream cookies lets me connect for just a moment with a grandmother than I wish I could have gotten to know.  It is just another way that I'm trying to remember the past during this holiday season.

Do you have any family recipes  you make every year at Christmas time?

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