Notes from the Lake

The official Blog of Lake Austin Spa Resort.

Sugar Cookie Recipe

  1. Beat ½ cup (one stick) unsalted butter with an electric mixer until fluffy
  2. Add 1 cup of granulated sugar and beat until well blended
  3. Blend in 1/3 cup sour cream, 2 tsp. baking powder and 1 tsp. vanilla
  4. Blend in 2 cups of all-purpose flour—add about ½ cup at a time
  5. Put into a bowl, cover and refrigerate 12 hours or overnight
  6. Roll out onto a floured surface and cut with cookie cutters
  7. Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 7 – 10 minutes

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