Lofthouse Sugar Cookies

Recipe by:  Mother Thyme

www.motherthyme.com

Makes 1 dozen

Ingredients

3 cups cake flour

3 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature

1 cup sugar

2 large eggs

2 tablespoons sour cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

In a medium bowl combine cake flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.

Using an electric mixer cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add in eggs one at a time stirring after each addition.  Stir in sour cream and vanilla until combined.  Gradually add in flour mixture combined.  

Chill dough for at least one hour in refrigerator.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper.  

Roll 3 tablespoons of dough into a ball.  Use flour on your hands if needed.  Place ball on baking sheet and flatten to about 1/2 inch thick, molding sides to keep round shape if necessary.  Continue with remaining dough, placing each 2 inches apart.  

Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes.  Cool for a few minutes on baking sheet, and transfer to wire rack to cool completely.  

*For shapes- roll out chilled dough ½ inch thick on a well floured surface.  Flour rolling pin and cut out to prevent sticking.  Cut out desired shapes and place on parchment lined baking sheet.  Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes.  Do not overbake.  Cool for a few minutes and transfer to wire rack to cool.

Shapes will spread from the baking powder.  To define the shape used after the cookie has cooled, place cookie cutter on top of cookie and firmly press all the way down, removing any access cookie for the edges.  

Frosting

Ingredients

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

3 cups confectioners sugar

3 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

food coloring (optional)

Directions

Using an electric mixer combine butter and gradually add in confectioners sugar.  When all sugar is added, pour in milk and vanilla and blend on medium until fluffy.  Add in food color if desired.