There is nothing better than a simple sugar cookie. But, we can’t stop just there. A rich sour cream frosting is a perfect accompaniment. These cookies are perfect for Valentine ’s Day, or perhaps the ideal edible Valentine. The cookies in the photos are a smaller bite size cookie, however, extra-large scoops and a couple of extra minutes of cooking time can give you a rather large cookie as well. If you want to write a Valentine, roll a 2-2 1/2 inch ball. For a regular size cookie, roll a 1 inch ball and bake for 10-12 minutes. The larger cookies could take a few minutes longer and be sure to check on them so they don’t burn.
(Recipe source: The Joy of Cooking cookbook)
1 c sugar
3/4 c vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 c flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
granulated sugar, for rolling
For the frosting:
1 c unsalted butter, room temperature
12 oz cream cheese, room temperature
4 c powdered (confectioners’) sugar
3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
Red or pink gel food coloring, to desired tint
Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Sift together the dry ingredients and set aside.
In a medium-sized bowl, combine the sugar and oil. Stir to combine.
Add the vanilla. Then add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Slowly add the dry ingredients and beat until well mixed. Shape dough in ½ inch balls and roll into granulated sugar. Place the balls on a baking sheet about 1 inch apart. Bake 8-10 minutes. Don’t over bake as the cookies will not be brown when they are done.
For the cream cheese frosting:
Using a standing mixer, beat the butter and cream cheese on medium high-speed until fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Reduce mixer speed to low and add the sugar gradually, and mix until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add vanilla and mix well. Divide the frosting (if wanting more than one color of frosting) and add desired food coloring to frosting and stir until the color is fully blended. If desired color was not achieved, add a touch more and stir well each time until you get your color of choice.
Decorate the cookies and enjoy!
Makes 4-5 dozen cookies regular size cookies.