Grandmas Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

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Grandma's Sour Cream Sugar Cookies recipe is worth a million praises because they’re simply that delicious! These cookies come out so soft and fluffy they will just melt in your mouth. It’s up to your whether you want to put frosting on them or not but it’s a guarantee that they will still satisfy your sweet tooth. These easy homemade cookies are carefully baked until slightly browned along the sides and the centers are set. They’re also special because the recipe uses sour cream which is a magic ingredient when it comes to baking goods. Sour cream contains bacteria cultures that tenderize the gluten in the cookie dough resulting in a softer and moist texture which explains why these cookies are so delicate in texture.

The best part about this soft sugar cookies recipe is that you can pretty much make them the way you prefer. You can add lemon or orange zest to the dough to give it a refreshing citrus flavor. You can add cinnamon, coconut flakes, honey, browned butter or a hint of almond extract for a nutty aftertaste. For the garnish on top try adding toasted almonds or cashews or even berry jam. For special occasions such as kids’ birthday parties, you can add rainbow sprinkles on top or try topping with marshmallows coated in chocolate to make it look edgy and fun. If you like the cookies to be a bit crunchy, you may have to bake them a little longer than 12 minutes and wait until they turn golden brown.

As a healthier alternative, you can substitute the sour cream with Greek yogurt or full fat thick plain yogurt or just use the fat-free sour cream. Usually, baking goods with full-fat sour cream tend to be denser and moist compared to other substitutes. Regarding calories, two tablespoons of sour cream contain 60 calories, while the fat-free sour cream has only 25 calories. You may choose the variety that is right for you without compromising on the taste. An important baking tip for baking the best cookies and cakes is to go for the real vanilla extract rather than the artificial vanilla flavor. If you can get hold of the vanilla beans, that would be even better. Nielsen-Massey is a reliable brand for the best vanilla extract because it has no additives like corn syrup or sugar. You’ll notice how much of a difference a pure vanilla extract can make to desserts. Quality ingredients are always the key to achieving the best flavor in cookies. Make sure to place the dough 2 inches apart on the baking sheet before you transfer them to the oven, as the dough tends to expand a tiny bit.

Thank you to Ashley at The Recipe Rebel food blog for sharing this fabulous Grandma's Sour Cream Sugar Cookies recipe with us. Do visit Ashley’s blog for more interesting dessert recipes. This soft sugar cookies recipe is one such recipe you will surely enjoy with family and friends. Make them today!

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