Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Not A Christmas Post And Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

Monday was Child #2's 15th birthday. My children are allowed to pick the dinner and dessert menu on their birthday's (even if it doesn't meet the essential requirements of a well balanced meal). Child #2 requested that we go to the local Pizza Buffet restaurant for dinner, and that we have sugar cookies for dessert. Sugar cookies with pink cream cheese frosting and sprinkles, of course. She has a thing for pink........and sprinkles. Sadly, the cookies are still sitting in a plastic storage container in the refrigerator. Sunday morning she woke up with horrible pains on her right side, right under her rib cage. We spent Sunday morning in the ER trying to discover the reason for her pain. The ER sent us home later that day with pain medication, and a voucher for a return visit the following morning for a whole battery of tests. My poor baby! She spent her Birthday morning in the ER being poked and prodded ( Wrapping pink compression tape around your recently placed  I.V. DOES NOT make it a Birthday present. Her words not mine!). She spent her Birthday afternoon in surgery to remove a non functioning gall bladder, and her Birthday evening having an adverse reaction to the morphine she was given to manage pain (A room full of parents, well wishing friends, and nurses still is not considered a Birthday Party in her eyes, either.Even if we did string the Hello Kitty Birthday banner across the room). She did come home yesterday afternoon, which made her a much happier girl (still in pain, but much happier). Now, Nurse Mommy  is making her take her medication, walk up and down the hallway, and cough ( I am NOT her favorite person right now). Hopefully, in a few more days she will be a much happier camper!

Now, for the happier part of the post..........SUGAR COOKIES! Soft, rich, buttery deliciousness! I have sworn by this recipe for many moons now. They are pretty much fool proof. The key is to let the dough sit in fridge overnight. Let it get good and cold, then they roll out like a breeze. These are a little taste of Heaven (in my opinion, anyway).

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies
 (makes 4 dozen cookies)
1 cup butter, softened (I use butter flavored shortening)
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
6 cups of flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup sour cream

In a large bowl cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture alternately with the sour cream. Beat well after each addition. Place dough in a greased bowl, cover and refrigerate overnight.  On a floured surface, roll  portions of the dough to a 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out shapes and place on a well greased cookie sheet about an inch apart. Bake at 375 for 8 - 12 minutes, until they are lightly browned. Let cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Cool completely before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 (8oz.) brick of cream cheese, softened
1/2 tablespoon vanilla 
51/2 - 6 cups powdered sugar

Cream butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add vanilla. Beat in powdered sugar one cup at a time. Refrigerate any unused frosting.

Handy Tips:
  • Fill an empty Parmesan Cheese container with flour. Use it to sprinkle the flour your rolling surface.
  • Sprinkle decorations on cookies over a paper plate or bowl. You can pour the unused sprinkles on the plate back into the container to use another time. 
  • After frosting the cookies. Spread in a single layer on a cookie sheet, and place in a cold place for 20 minutes (I just set them in the garage to chill in the winter time). Then you can stack them between layers on waxed paper for storage without the frosting sticking. Keep uneaten cookies in the fridge.


  1. Best wishes to your daughter. This will be a birthday she won't ever forget. Poor thing!

  2. Can't believe the bad luck your daughter had on her birthday this year! Hope she has a good recovery! Thank you for the cookie recipe. My sons will love them, for sure! Have a Merry Christmas!

  3. Oh no!!! So young to have a bad gall bladder. :( Hope she feels better soon.
    I'm anxious to try your cookie recipe. I've been on a long search for a good sugar cookie recipe. Maybe this will be THE ONE.

  4. Warm wishes to your daughter for a speedy and uneventful recovery. So not a fun way to spend your birthday - at any age. And wishes for you too that you can stop for just a little while before Christmas and put your feet up for awhile and relax and not worry - just have cookies along with your choice of coffee or tea.

    A very merry Christmas to all of you!

  5. What a crazy birthday. One she won't forget, it will make the sixteenth that much better. She has an amazing mom though. Happy belated birthday and a wish for the rest of your holiday to be hospital free. Oh yah, send me a dozen or two of those amazing cookies. Merry Christmas!!

  6. Wow! What rotten luck! You should tell her, though, that she should be proud that she holds the record for the most expensive birthday gift in the family!:) At least I assume you usually spend less per child on their birthday than you do on a surgery!

  7. Oh my gosh, what a rotten birthday celebration for your baby (and the whole family)! I am so sorry but glad she's home and on her way to recovery. And I am definitely going to try your cookie recipe. Yum!



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