We are busy in the kitchen.

There were none left to frost.


Having missed the boat on making cut-out cookies before Christmas, we snagged the opportunity to do it recently, in honor of Valentine’s Day.  I assembled Grandma’s time honored recipe, fancy cookie cutters (a heart, flower, pig, and tartlet pan) and my two best bakers.





The cookies disappeared from the cooling racks before even the slightest whisper of frosting could be mixed.

Grandma’s World-Famous Sour Cream Cut-Out Cookies

1 c. butter
1 c. sugar
1 egg
1 c. soured heavy cream (or buttermilk)

4 c.  flour
½ t. baking soda
½ t. salt
1  t. vanilla

Cream butter, gradually adding the sugar till fluffy.  Add egg, beat well.  Sift dry ingredients together and alternate adding to egg mixture with the soured cream (buttermilk).  Add vanilla last.

Chill overnight, or for several hours.  Keep unused portions chilled as you roll out the cookies.

Bake at 325° for 10-15 minutes, or till slightly browned on top.

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4 responses to “There were none left to frost.

Hee. I’ve always had it sour on it’s own, usually unintentionally. Buttermilk should do the trick as a substitution. Now that I think of it, a substitution for buttermilk is cream + vinegar or lemon juice, right? I think you nailed it!

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