The holidays seemed crazy busy this year. I'm not sure why. Perhaps it was because we had a software change at work...very intense stuff. At any rate, I didn't make near the amount of baked goods that I usually do. It was my family that suffered for it. They didn't get their cut-out cookies....
The good thing about cut-outs is that they can adapt to any time of the year. July? Make them red, white and blue. September? Some lovely autumn shaped cookies will do. Late-January? I think it's time for Valentine's Day cookies.
Awhile back, my good friend, Julie, asked me for a good oatmeal raisin cookie recipe. I happily obliged. She paid me back with her family recipe for Sour Cream Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting. It was a good trade. :)
Sour Cream Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting (Linsmeyer Family Recipe)
1c. Softened Butter
1c. Sour Cream
1tsp. Baking Soda
4 1/2c. Flour
2tsp. Baking Powder
Dissolve baking soda in sour cream. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Add sour cream/soda mixture. Mix well. Sift together 2 1/2 cups flour and the remaining dry ingredients. Stir into batter. Stir in remaining 2c. flour. Chill, Roll, Cut. Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes on ungreased cookie sheets.
Cream Cheese Frosting
1 8oz. Softened Cream Cheese
1/2c. Softened Butter
4c. Powdered Sugar
Combine cream cheese, butter and vanilla. Mix until well blended. Gradually add powdered sugar. Beat until fluffy. Frost cooled, cut-out cookies.
You've probably noticed that I didn't use the cream cheese frosting on these. I love cream cheese frosting, but I was in a hurry and needed something that would dry fast. Besides, I was out of cream cheese. So, I simply blended 1 cup of powdered sugar with a tablespoon of milk and a tablespoon of corn syrup and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract. Then I divided it into two bowls and dropped a little food coloring in one of them. Since, I'm no artist, I drizzled and dripped my way along the tops of the cookies.