|Julian's Fresh Soft Sugar Cookies|
Ingredients (4-6 dozen depending on size)
6 cups flour, plus more for rolling
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream, room temperature
1 cup butter, softened at room temperature
2 cups sugar, plus more for rolling
1 teaspoon vanilla
Sanding or crystal sugars
In large bowl, whisk or sift together the 6 cups of flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In the large bowl of an electric stand mixer, cream the sour cream and butter together at low speed. With the mixer running add sugar, eggs, and vanilla until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl several times during mixing. Switch to the dough hook attachment if you have one. With the mixer on low, spoon in the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Dough will be sticky. Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and need until just fully combined. Shape the dough into a large round log. Divide dough into four discs and wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until chilled, two hours or up to three days in advance. Dough can be frozen at this stage and saved for future baking (see below).
|Separating the dough into four discs.|
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Press left over dough together and continue rolling and cutting shape until the sheets are full. Remove the next disc from the refrigerator and repeat the process. Bake 2 sheets at a time for 8-10 minutes. Bake them just until they just spring back to the touch but haven't started browning. Transfer hot cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
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These cookies freeze great. It's best to freeze the dough where noted in the recipe above. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in zippered freezer storage bags for up to four months. When ready to use, remove a disc of dough from the freezer to the refrigerator for 24 hours to thaw. Then remove to your counter and continue with rolling as you normally would, using a flour and sugar mixture on the surface and rolling pin to prevent sticking.
|My Sister's Sugar Cookies|