Sunday, February 12, 2012

Soft & Chewy Iced Sugar Cookies

These are my husband's favorite. I usually make them for Christmas, but I decided to do heart shapes and make them for him for Valentine's Day this year. If you are a fan of soft, chewy cookies, you will love these. Depending on what shape of cookie cutter and how you decorate them, they can be adapted for any holiday or occasion. I have even used the top of a glass to cut them to make them just plain round and iced them different colors.

Soft & Chewy Iced Sugar Cookies
1 cup butter or margarine
4 oz. sour cream
1 tsp. baking powder
1 ½ cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
½ tsp. baking soda
1 egg
4 cups flour
½ tsp. salt

Blend margarine with sugar, and then add egg, sour cream, and vanilla. Blend well, then gradually add dry ingredients to creamed mixture. Mix well. Refrigerate dough for 2 hours minimum. (Can be left refrigerated up to 3 days to bake later.) Roll dough out on floured surface, cut into shapes with cookie cutters.  Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes at 375 degrees. Remove from baking sheet and place on cooling racks. Let cool before icing.

½ cup butter
½ cup Crisco
1 ½ tsp. vanilla
5 cups powdered sugar
2 Tbsp. milk

Cream butter and Crisco. Add vanilla. Gradually add sugar, beating on medium speed. Add milk and beat until fluffy. Add food coloring for desired icing color. Ice cookies.
Top with various sprinkles and candies for decorating.

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