BUT what fun would it be if they were plain and the kids couldn't make a huge mess rolling out the dough and slapping colored frosting and candy on everything in sight.
The big kids still like to get involved. Here Kelli and Jill are pretending to help the little guys.
Emma is a pro now. She and I have baked cookies together for almost eight years.
There is always new little people beginning the tradition. Here we have the
Last we have
the pouter Lucy. You have to always have a pouter don't you?
Grandma Tarvin's Soft Sugar Cookies
4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup sour cream
Cream butter and sugar. Stir in vanilla and add eggs one at a time and mix until light and fluffy. After whisking flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together, add it alternately with sour cream two to three portions at at time. Wrap in waxed paper and refrigerate for at least an hour.
This dough is a little sticky so we use plenty of flour to roll out about 3/4 inch and cut into desired shapes. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 350º for about 12 minutes. Let cool on baking rack and ice as desired.
Basic Icing for Cookies
3 cups confectioner's sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Dash of salt
Combine sugar, milk, vanilla and salt; mix well. Add food coloring. Frost cookies. Add candy sprinkles if desired. Will frost approximately 5 dozen cookies.