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Lofthouse Christmas Sugar Cookies

Prep
Cook
Serves 12people
Ingredients
Cookies:
2
sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
1
cup sour cream
1 3/4
cups granulated sugar
2
eggs
2
tsp vanilla extract
1/2
tsp almond extract
6
cups all purpose flour
1 1/2
tsp baking powder
1
tsp baking soda
1/2
tsp salt (omit if using salted butter)
Frosting:
2
sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
1
tsp vanilla, coconut, almond, or peppermint extract
4
cups powdered sugar
5
tbsp milk
Food coloring and sprinkles, optional
Directions
1.
Preheat oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with a baking mat or parchment paper, set aside.
2.
In a stand mixer fitted with a scraper/paddle attachment or in a large mixing bowl using a hand mixer, cream together the butter and sour cream until smooth and light in color. Add in the sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Mix until just combined. In a separate mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt (if using). Add the dry ingredients to the wet in three additions—mixing well after each.
3.
To form drop cookies: using damp hands, roll dough into 2″ balls and place 2″ apart on the prepared cookie sheet. Using a flat-bottomed glass dipped in water, press the cookie balls flat.
4.
To form rolled cookies: cover the dough and chill for 20-30 minutes. Roll out on a lightly floured surface until 1/4″ thick. Using a biscuit cutter, cut cookies and place 2″ apart on the prepared cookie sheet.
5.
Bake cookies in preheated oven for 5-7 minutes, until the cookies just begin to set up and the bottoms are lightly brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet and let cool completely on a cooling rack before frosting.
6.
To make the frosting:
7.
In a stand mixer fitted with a scraper/paddle attachment or in a large mixing bowl using a hand mixer, cream together the butter and extract of choice until smooth. Add in the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, mixing until smooth after each addition. Add in the milk and food color, and beat until fluffy and smooth. Spread onto cooled cookies and immediately sprinkle on sprinkles.

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