Sunday, January 29, 2012

Valentine Cookies

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)
2c. Sugar
1c. Softened Butter
1c. Sour Cream
1tsp. Baking Soda
2 Eggs
4 1/2c. Flour
1/2tsp. Salt
2tsp. Baking Powder
1tsp. Vanilla

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
1tsp. Vanilla
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. 

Great cookies! Now, I need to go buy some green food coloring and shamrock cutters. St. Paddy's day is right around the corner. :)

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  1. What cute cookies - a perfect treat for valentines day :D
    Love your blog!

    Choc Chip Uru
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  2. I love how the swirl makes those cookies look fancy, but it doesn't take a lot of work to achieve the look! What a great idea.

  3. These are beautiful and perfect for Valentine's day!!

  4. I do the same thing for the holidays - I have more cookie cutters than probably anything else in the house!

  5. Thanks everyone--I still have some dough in the freezer. I think I'll try the cream cheese frosting on the next batch. It sounds so good! :)

  6. Oh, YUM!!! Besides chocolate chip, these are my hubby's favorites! Yours look delish~

    1. Thanks, Liz! I'm looking forward to meeting up on Sunday! :)

  7. Those look yum yum! Perfect for my new cookie jar, I was waiting for some cookie recipe :) I think we have a winner, wishing you all the best!

  8. Yum! Sour cream cookies are my favorite. I have a recipe from my grandmother that I adore. These are so pretty. I never really thought of cutting them into shapes before...good idea ;)

  9. Yum!I'm making these today with the sour cream in it.New follower from stop by!