It started to get a bit chilly in my neck of the woods, so now I am so pumped for fall and winter. Christmas is my favorite time of year... so I figured I might as well put my excitement for Christmas to good use and.... make sugar cookies? Not like I need to eat Christmas baking from now until Christmas, but what can I say? I have a major weakness....
I was a bit lazy though, so instead of making sugar cookies with the cookie cutters and then decorating them, I just chose the easy way out and made my sister-in-law's Drop Sugar Cookies.
2 1/2 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 c butter or margarine (room temperature)
1 1/2 c sugar, plus more for sprinkling
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 c sour cream
Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Set aside. Cream butter, sugar, egg, vanilla in a bowl. Add 1/2 the flour mixture. Mix. Add sour cream. Mix. Add remaining flour mixture. Mix just until smooth. Drop mounds of dough onto cookie sheets (I line my sheets with parchment paper). I usually flatten my mounds a bit with my fingers. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake until tops are BARELY beginning to brown. Check after 12-15 minutes. DO NOT over bake! You can rotate cookie sheets in the oven so bottoms don't burn, depending on your oven.
Note: The recipe originally used 2 c flour and 1/4 c sour cream but my sister-in-law adjusted it because of the altitude where she lived. Her version seems to work better for me too.