Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Grocery Store Cookies, Issue #16

We all know those sugar cookies that everyone takes to school for snacks!  They are loaded with preservatives, just look at the list on the back of the package!
(See above, one cookie is store bought and one is homemade, can you tell the difference??)

Here is the recipe to bake these amazing tasting sugar cookies from your own kitchen with ingredients that you will recognize:
5-6 cups flour
1 tbs. baking soda
1 tbs. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 stick butter, softened
3 eggs
2 cups sugar
2 cups sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1 stick butter
1/2 lb. powdered sugar
1/4 - 1/2 cup milk (determines frosting consistency)
1 tsp. almond extract or vanilla

For cookies--In a mixing bowl: mix sugar, eggs, butter, sour cream, and vanilla.  In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.  Add the dry ingredients in with the wet until a cookie dough forms.  If dough is too sticky, you can keep adding a little flour at a time until it is elastic enough to handle.  Place dough in sandwich bags, press flat and place in refrigerator for at least a couple of hours.

When you are ready to bake cookies, preheat oven to 350 degrees.   Place dough on a floured surface, roll flat (the thicker the better) and use a cookie cutter, or a cup, to make round cookie shapes.  Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until puffy.  Let cookies cool.

For frosting--soften a stick of butter to room temperature and place in a mixing bowl, stir in almond extract, milk, and powdered sugar until frosting is a creamy consistency.  Add food coloring and mix well.  Frost cookies and sprinkle with sprinkles!

Your kids will not know the difference...but you will!

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