|Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies|
Secret Ingredient: Sour Cream
1-1/2 cups sugar (I keep my used vanilla beans in my sugar jar for extra vanilla-y cookies)
1 cup butter
2 tsp vanilla extract (or vanilla scraped from one vanilla bean)
1 cup sour cream
4-1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1. Cream together sugar and butter. Add egg, vanilla, and sour cream. Add dry ingredients. Mix well, but only until flour is incorporated.
2. Refrigerate and shape.
3. Place on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 425° for 5 minutes (or longer if they're a bit thicker... just watch the first batch and then adjust the cooking time accordingly).
Martha Stewart's Royal Icing
Makes 2 1/3 cups
- 3 1/2 cups icing sugar
- 5 tablespoons meringue powder, or 2 large egg whites
Full credit for baking and decorating these cookies goes to my youngest daughter!! I just made the dough this time. She's such an awesome pastry chef already.
First blogged here in 2007.
Original recipe sources:
Sour Cream Sugar Cookies (can no longer find the recipe on her blog, but that's where I got it)
Martha Stewart Royal Icing