When I first got married I worked as a teller in a local bank. One day a co-worker brought in some sugar cookies to share with all of us. After tasting the cookies we were all begging her for the recipe. Since then, when I want sugar cookies with frosting, this is the recipe I use. It is now the recipe my mom always uses also.
If you have ever purchased a Granny B’s sugar cookie from the store or a vending machine (the big circle cookies usually with pink frosting), this is what these cookies are like. I think these cookies really need to be frosted, because the dough is not extremely sweet they need the sweetness from the frosting. However, my oldest son is not a frosting fan and is perfectly content to eat these cookies plain. Sour cream is the secret ingredient to these cookies.
****Since posting the cookie recipe, I’ve had several request for my frosting recipe also. So I have added it below. It comes from one of my first cookbooks, The Better Homes and Gardens New Junior Cook Book.
- BAKING SODA
- BAKING POWDER
- SOUR CREAM
- POWDERED SUGAR
- (FOR CHOCOLATE FROSTING ADD 3 TBSP COCOA)
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 3 cups of flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 4 Tbsp butter
- 2 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- 3/4 tsp vanilla
- (for chocolate frosting add 3 Tbsp cocoa)
- In a bowl, cream butter until smooth. Then add in the sugar and beat until fluffy. Add in eggs and vanilla and beat until well combined.
- In another bowl, sift the dry ingredients together 3 times. (I just whisk it in the bowl.)
- Add sour cream alternately with the dry mixture in thirds into the butter/sugar mixture. Chill dough for 2 to 3 hours.
- Roll out and cut into shapes. Bake at 375 degrees for 6 to 8 minutes. Frost with the frosting.
- For the frosting – Put butter in bowl and beat with electric mixer until fluffy. Then add about half the powdered sugar. Then beat in 1 Tablespoon milk and the vanilla. Slowly add in the rest of the powdered sugar. Add more milk if needed. Add food coloring if desired. The makes enough frosting to ice half of a cake mix, so I usually double the recipe.