I’m a total sucker for very simple tasting desserts. Rich vanilla bean ice cream. Crème Brulee. Heavenly pound cake.
And last, but definitely not least, simple old fashioned sugar cookies.
Some the best I’ve had were at my friend Sarah’s house. Her mom made them and it was love at first bite.
Sarah and her mom were nice enough to share this family favorite with me. I’ll admit, I was a little nervous about doing the recipe justice. You see, I’ve never made sugar cookies before. ACK!
As simple as they should be, I think sugar cookies are one of the harder cookies to master.
The rolling. The sticking. The cookie cutting. The crazy amounts of flour on all kitchen surfaces.
Putting my cookie failure fears aside, I decided to tackle it head on for Valentine’s Day.
To make it even more Old School…I found these cute little cookie cutters passed down from Derek’s Great Grandmother!
I’m sure they’re happy to be used again.
I also tried out this new baking mat that I got for free with my subscription to Real Simple. (Random, huh?)
Now, I should know by now that if Martha says something is awesome, it’s awesome. Well, she really didn’t say “Awesome!”, but I’m sure she meant it when talking about these little baking wonders.
They make baking cookies a breeze! The cookies just come right off the sheet without sticking. No more using a metal spatula to scrape the cookies off! Woo hoo!
Decorating these little beauties, is more than half the fun. The possibilities are endless. You should know though, that most people enjoy these cookies in the rough. Plain Jane. DEEE-LISH!
Cochran Clan Soft Sugar Cookies
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup butter, at room temp to soften
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 5-6 cups all-purpose flour
Makes 4-6 dozen depending on the size of the cookie cutter.
For the icing, I used a tip from Becca of Blue Cricket Designs shared the other day. I scooped some ready made icing into a small bowl and warmed it in the microwave. (~20 seconds) Stir well and then dip the tops of your cookies into the thin icing. I used various sprinkles on them while they were still wet. Let dry and enjoy!
I actually pulled it off! The cookie gods were with me!
Here’s a look at what my family added to the cookie decoration today. It was a fun little lazy Saturday thing to do for the kiddos….and the husband!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
I’m linking this up to the Tasty Tuesday Party at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam AND Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays at Blessed With Grace.Pin It