Thursday, January 29, 2015

celebration sugar cookies with sour cream frosting


I'm in the works of planning some Valentine's fun for our little ones . . . as well as birthday celebrations for three of our four children.

February is a fun and crazy, busy month for our family with birthdays on the 6th, 11th, AND the 21st. Every weekend in February is booked with a birthday celebration (smile!).

I'm planning two special birthday brunches . . . and one special birthday afternoon for our oldest daughter, Charley, who's turning 7 years old in a few short weeks.

She's in the First Grade now, so I thought it would be fun for her to bring cookies (instead of cupcakes) to her class to share with all her friends and classmates . . . and CELEBRATION sugar cookies came to mind!

I LOVE these yummy soft and chewy sugar cookies for many reasons . . . their sour cream frosting has a tender tang that makes them addictive . . . and the frosting can be tinted and then decorated to fit any kind of celebration . . . simple or fancy. Yummy and versatile!

I tinted the frosting pink and added large red heart sprinkles for a little Valentine's touch; and for our daughter's birthday, she'll decorate them with her favorite confetti sprinkles.

Happy Valentine baking, friends!

soft & chewy CELEBRATION sugar cookies
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1 cup butter, room temperature
3/4 cup vegetable oil 
1 1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons water 
2 Eggs, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cream of tarter
1 teaspoon salt 
5 1/2 cup all purpose flour 
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Cream together the butter and sugars for 2-3 minutes. Add vegetable oil, water, and eggs. Mix until combined. 

Combine the dry ingredients and sift with a whisk. Slowly add to the butter mixture.

Mix until everything is combined.  Your dough should be tender, not sticky at all.

Roll golf ball sized balls of dough and place them on a cookie sheet.

Now its time to give them their signature rough edge.  Put 1/4 cup of sugar and a pinch of salt in a dish (this is in addition to the sugar and salt listed above.)  Stick the bottom of a glass in it.  This is going to be your cookie press.


Firmly press it into the center of your dough ball.  You want your dough to spill out over the sides of the glass.  If there is a lip its even better.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 8 minutes.  

They should just barely be browning on the bottom.  Move cookies to a cooling rack.  

Spread frosting in the shallow well on top of the cookies. Adorn with sprinkles and enjoy!

sour cream frosting
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1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 C sour cream, room temperature
Approximately 1- 2 lb package of powdered sugar 
1 t salt
1/4 cup milk, plus more for thinning (if needed)
food coloring
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Start by creaming together butter, sour cream, and salt.  
Slowly add powdered sugar.  
Add a splash of milk if it's too thick.   
Alternate this process until your frosting is the desired consistency.  
Add 1 drop of food coloring, and whip on high for 1 minute.
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  1. These look and sound very good. I want to make some to take to my coworkers. Thanks for sharing!

  2. These cookies are great for the upcoming valentine's day:)

  3. These look precious and I'm sure they'll be a hit! Sounds like a very busy month for you!!

  4. These look like the most amazing cookies ever and I can't wait to make them with my grandkids!

  5. I'm definitely going to make these cookies. Does the frosting harden enough that you can stack them or does it stay soft and creamy? Thanks.

    1. Hi Sue, Thanks so much for coming by!
      The frosting does not harden, although it develops a soft shell if left out. If you spread the frosting into the well and keep it below the rough edge line, then you CAN stack them :0)
      Frost a few and see what works best for you. You're going to love them!
      Have a great weekend,

  6. You're going to be very busy, in a fun kind of way. Of our five children only one was born in the summer. Everyone else including my husband and I were born in the winter. It's been a rollercoaster of sugar and butter around here! Thankfully there are three more birthdays coming up and I'm sure one or more of them will have these cookies. Or maybe I could bake them just because. They look fantastic!

  7. I must make these. Looks so yummy. Your family sounds like mine. We have a bunch of birthdays in February and March. Smile.

  8. I love how delicate these cookies look. Absolutely delicious and oh so pretty!

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

  9. O my way to have some :) they look amazing!

  10. These are so sweet. I can't believe you're still allowed to bring homemade goodies to school. How awesome. Your February sounds like our December. Go, go, go. Here's to March! :)

  11. These cookies look amazing! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  12. First-these cookies look A-mazing. Second-I love the name Charley--with a Y! Third-you can bring homemade treats to school?! Lucky, lucky. Those kids are in for a treat! Have a great week Suzanne :).

  13. I bet they are deeelish! Suzanne, does the cream of tarter give them a little bit of the snickerdoodle flavor (I love!)?
    Pinning to make later!
    Thanks for sharing your sweet treats with us at Project Inspire{d}!

    1. Hi Diane!
      The cream of tartar gives these cookies a slight tang, but more importantly - it gives them their perfect chewiness, and soft texture . . . just like a snickerdoodle (but without the cinnamon).
      We love these cookies . . . and hope that you do too :0)

  14. Oh these look mouth-watering. I need to try this one for sure! And so pretty. I am sure that you'll be the favorite mom of the class for the rest of the year :)

  15. These look fabulous! I make an old family recipe of sour cream cookies with a sour cream frosting, but never thought of using the frosting on sugar cookies. The rough edge is so unique, too!

  16. Sugar cookies are my favorite! I love how you pressed them. I do that with peanut butter cookies, but never thought of doing it with sugar cookies. Can't wait to try it and to try the frosting recipe as well! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  17. I love the idea of sour cream frosting on the sugar cookies! And the pale pink coloring is gorgeous. Please come share your blog posts over at the Home Matters Linky Party! We'd love to have you for a visit. The Door is OPEN. :)

    Life With Lorelai

  18. These are so cute! I've never used sour cream in a frosting before, sounds good. Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend? I hope you'll join us again this Monday morning :)

  19. I love how simple and yet delicious these look! No fuss and all class (:

  20. These look amazing, Suzanne! I could go for one right now... I'll pretend I'm not trying to do clean eating ;-) Thanks for bringing them to the Creative Ways Link Party.

  21. Oh yum! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

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