New Baby Cookies

February 23, 2019

 

I've found the perfect food gift to drop off for a "new baby" family.  These large, soft and chewy sugar cookies feel like a party to me, and a new baby is definitely something to celebrate!  This recipe is compliments of A Bountiful Kitchen.  You should check Si out, as I get lots of great ideas from her.  She calls them "Almost Swig Cookies".  Apparently, Swig is a Utah based bakery, and this is her version of their sugar cookies.  You can make them smaller if you like, but there is something special about an unusually large cookie with yummy frosting.  PARTY in your mouth! 

Let's make them!  Start by putting softened butter, shortening and cold sour cream in a mixing bowl and mix for about a minute.

Add sugar and vanilla and mix until smooth.  Now we add the dry ingredients; all purpose flour, baking powder and salt. Add these all at once and mix just until flour disappears and the mixture comes together in a ball of dough, about 1 to 2 minutes on very low speed.

Spray a cookie scoop with a little cooking spray and use it to scoop balls of dough onto your lined cookie sheet (silpat or parchment). You could use a large spoon and roll with your hands into balls, if you don't have a cookie scoop.

Spray the bottom of a glass and press down gently on each dough ball, flattening it slightly. Then respray the glass and dip it into sugar.  Press down on each cookie, twisting slightly to produce a jagged edge.

Bake for 10 -12 minutes or until edges are just lightly golden brown and cookies are

slightly firm  to the touch.  They will continue to firm up as they cool.  Remove from oven and let cool completely on rack before frosting.

To make the frosting:  Beat together softened butter, sour cream, powdered sugar, vanilla and a pinch of salt.  When all the ingredients are incorporated, add a drop of food coloring and mix.  If frosting needs to be thinned for spreading, add a bit of milk.

Store in single layer in refrigerator, until ready to serve or deliver.  Once frosting is firm, you can stack cookies.  These also freeze well.  

New Baby Cookies

(Or Any Other Celebration)

 

Dough:

1/4 cup butter, at room temperature

1/4 cup Crisco

1/2 cup sour cream

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 t. vanilla

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1/2 t. baking powder

1/2 t. salt

granulated sugar

 

Frosting:

1/4 cup butter, at room temperature

1 T. sour cream

2 cups powdered sugar

1 t. vanilla

1 drop of food coloring (red or blue)

1-2 T. milk, as needed for spreading consistency

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

 

Place butter, shortening and cold sour cream in mixing bowl.  Mix for one minute.  Add sugar and vanilla, mix until smooth. Add all dry ingredients at once.  Mix just until flour disappears and the mixture comes together in a ball of dough, about 1-2 minutes on very low speed..

 

Spray the cookie scoop with a little cooking spray.  Scoop the dough onto a cookie sheet.

Place granulated sugar in small bowl.  Press the cookies so they are flattened a bit, twisting the glass as you press to produce a jagged edge.  Then dip glass in sugar and press lightly again, leaving the tops of the cookie well sugared. 

 

Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes, or until edges are lightly golden and cookies are slightly firm to the touch.  Remove from oven and let them cool completely on a wire rack.

 

Prepare the frosting, by beating together the butter, sour cream, powdered sugar and vanilla. When all the ingredients are incorporated, add the drop of food coloring and milk if needed to obtain the perfect spreading consistency.  Frost after the cookies are cooled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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