So, I had an idea. 😉 With quarantine not looking like it’s ending any time soon, I am working on something fun that I hope will help everyone keep kids busy and families having fun. I would rather have this time of uncertainty be a time making memories with our loved ones that time spent fretting over things we can’t control right now. One thing we can control is how we react to these “stay home” orders and protect others by doing our part. But if you’re home all the time, how are we keeping the kids busy? I know we’ve all got online school and other activities, but let’s face it, that just doesn’t take all day and there are still lots of hours of down time to fill. I’ll be talking more about this in the coming days, but here is a yummy no chill sour cream sugar cookie cut out recipe that will be delicious and hopefully useful for years to come…and is also the first step of my plan. 😉
These cookies are so delicious and easy to make! I have been looking for a good cookie recipe since moving to a higher altitude where lots of my old baking recipes don’t work quite as well anymore. I found this recipe online from a local SLC baker the Utah Cookie Co and it works like a charm. I’m sure it would work in lower altitudes too. The addition of sour cream in this cookie recipe is SO yummy. I made these game night domino sugar cookies using no special tools or cookie cutters because I thought it was something easy and fun for you and the kids to do without needing special equipment in these crazy times. Obviously, you can use all the cookie cutters you have and fancy decor techniques to make other fun shapes with this yummy no chill sugar cookie recipe too.
If means a few extra steps and a few more dirty dishes, but if the little kids are helping to make these cookies, I highly recommend measuring out the ingredients ahead of time. It makes it easy for them to add things to the recipe without feeling like you are hovering over their shoulders. It gives them a feeling of independence if you can just tell them “add the flour” and they can do it all by themselves. 😉
Cream the butter and sugar. Add egg yolks, vanilla and sour cream.
After you mix all the wet ingredients together, add flour and baking powder. (And salt if you use unsalted butter). Mix together until dough is smooth and not sticky. If you think it’s too sticky, add a little extra flour until you get the consistency you want. Place dough on a sheet of parchment and cover with another sheet of parchment to roll out and prevent the dough from sticking to the rolling pin.
Using a knife, cut dough into 3″x2″ strips to create the “dominoes.” Place on a baking sheet that is covered with either parchment paper or one of my favorite silpats. Bake at 350 degrees for 7-8 minutes. You don’t want them to brown on top, just be cooked through all the way.
After cookies have cooled, they are ready to decorate! I again, used pre-made white icing for these cookies to make them easy, but you can certainly use a great Royal Icing to decorate or a homemade white buttercream. You want to color a small portion of the white icing black or a fun color to outline the dominoes with.
This is the icing coloring I like to use. Black is tricky, so unless you use a ton of it and mix different colors, it will be more purple…but again, I am not necessarily going for perfection with this project…this is just for fun and something that the kids can help with. 🙂
Outline the cookies with a piping bag and tip. (I use a quart size ziploc bag…the sandwich bags are too thin.) Decorate with M&Ms to make the colorful dots on the dominoes.
Aren’t those fun?
Here is a printable version of the recipe for you:
- 1/2 Cup Butter at room temperature
- 2/3 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 2 Large Egg Yolks
- 2 TBSP Sour Cream (full fat)
- 1 TBSP Vanilla, Almond or Other Flavoring
- 2 Cups All Purpose Flour (add additional if dough is too sticky)
- 1/4 TSP Salt (only if you use unsalted butter)
- 1/4 TSP Baking Powder
- Cream butter and sugar in mixer
2. Add egg yolk, sour cream and vanilla. Mix until well blended.
3. Mix in flour, baking powder and salt. (only add salt if you use unsalted butter) Mix dough until smooth and not sticky.
4. Place dough between two sheets of parchment paper to roll out so it doesn't stick to your rolling pin.
5. Cut out your shapes
6. Bake at 350 for 7-8 minutes. Depending on how thick your cookies are, you may need to rotate the pan and bake for another 5 minutes or so for even baking.
7. Let cookies cool completely. Decorate or place in air tight container to freeze and store.
In place of vanilla you can add almond extract or flavorings of your choice. You can also add 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and 1/4 tsp of nutmeg for spice cookies.
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