For years I have been making the same old sugar cookies… they’re fun to decorate and pretty… but they’re really flat and don’t taste exceptional. Then my friend Mitra introduced me to her recipe when she had a bunch of us girls over for a cookie cutting and decorating party. She had nicely already made all of the dough, which was such a treat. It produces cookies that are 1/3 inch thick–I think it is the sour cream and the three eggs-and the Mr. loved them. So did I. Mitra got her recipe from her friend Julianne Hafen– it is her family’s recipe going back to her grandmother she thinks! (So was mine, but it wasn’t really any good… shh!)
Mitra’s much better sugar cookies.
1 cup butter (or 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup shortening)
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
5 cups flour
Preheat oven to 350. In a large mixer, beat butter until soft and creamy. Add sour cream, vanilla, eggs, and sugar and mix well. Add salt, soda, powder, and flour 1 cup at a time mixing continuously. Dough will be sticky- chill, then remove and place on a lightly floured surface (you may need to hand knead a little bit more flour into the dough so that it isn’t as sticky). Roll out dough to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut, then bake for 10 minutes.
Okay, because I love it… I would also add some fresh nutmeg. Enjoy! Once you try this recipe, you will never go back, I promise.