If you walk into our lovely Rockabilly friends home, Lady J, before she has finished baking, you can expect to be pummeled with a rolling-pin. Just like “Grandma Getting Run Over By A Reindeer,” once you pick yourself off the floor you can expect two things.
First this wife and mother of two will delight you with her Rockabilly Style. Secondly she will delight you to some of the best sugar cookies around. Just don’t be reaching into her cookie jar, (As we said she’s married) or you’ll get the “Pin.”
This recipe Lady J sent us was a delight. I myself had not had sugar cookies since I was a wee little one. But licking the mixing spoons and tasting the raw sugar dough brought back memories of my mom and siblings, gathered around a table making and decorating cookies for Christmas.
So please enjoy our tenth recipe from our series, “Cooking With A Pin Up.”
Lady J’s “Old-Fashioned Christmas Sugar Cookies” – Cooking With A Pin Up Recipe # 10
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1 cup sour cream (8 ounces)
- 1 cup soft butter or margarine
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 3 tsp. baking powder
- 3 eggs
- 4 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/4 cup whipping cream (may need an additional 1/4 cup)
- Red, Green, and Blue Food coloring
Pre heat your oven to 400 degrees farenheit and then in your mixing bowl add your sour cream, butter, and sugar and mix well. Once creamed add the eggs. (We also added 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract but you don’t have to) Add in the flour, baking soda, and baking powder and incorporate until thoroughly mixed.
Now place the mixture in the fridge for an hour before you start to roll. When you are done beating would be tasters of the cookies and of yourself, you will now need the rolling-pin for what it was intended for. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness. You can throw some flour down if you choose but it is not necessary.
Once rolled out start cutting your shapes. We used three cut outs and two different sizes of each. So we had a Christmas Tree, a star, and a bell. We had large sizes of each and small sizes of each. The reason we went with different sizes, was because we were going to use these cookies as gifts, which I will explain later. So as you cut the cookies place them on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 10 -12 minutes.
Once done place them on a rack or two wooden slats to cool. While they are cooling this will give you time to make your icing. Now Lady J did not give us an icing recipe, and our first batch did not need it. They are great stand alone. But being the holidays we wanted to decorate the cookies also.
For the frosting just add your ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix together. We basically divided the recipe into three as we had three colors. But the frosting will last over a week in the fridge so feel free to make more since one batch of cookies is never enough. Then just frost your cookies and sprinkle some fun on top.
Make sure to place cookies into a sealed container with wax paper between each layer – do this while cookies are still slightly warm, and they will stay moist for quite a while – if they last that long!
Now as we said above we were going to use the cookies as gifts, which is why we wanted two sizes. In medium sized mason jars. Place three small on the bottom, then three large one on top of the other, and repeat. Then take three more small and place upright to fill in the gaps. You may need to add a cookie or two to top it off. Then find some nice ribbon and wrap the jar. You now have a home made cookie jars full of love.
Thanks so much to Lady J for the recipe and helping us bring back some special memories. Lady J is one of our first fans and we are a fan of hers also. So our my neighbors, my neighbors kids, and the people where I work. It’s amazing how great cookies bring people together.
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