Valentine’s Day Sour Cream Cookies!

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It’s been over a year since I first introduced you to My Mom’s Amazing Sour Cream Cookies! I was looking at the original post a few days ago and was quite frankly a little embarrassed. Nothing to do with the RECIPE…but everything to do with the photos!

The pictures from the original post were taken just a few months after I STARTED this blog…and BEFORE I even owned a decent camera. As a matter of fact, at that time I was taking all my pictures with my Android phone! yikes!

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Well, to be honest, my photography skills haven’t improved all that much since I originally posted this recipe, but at least my EQUIPMENT has. So today I present a Valentine’s version of My Mom’s Sour Cream Cookies…but this time with better pictures PLUS, an amazing giveaway! :-)

(More info at the end of this post!)

My Mom’s Amazing Sour Cream Cookies – Valentine’s Edition

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening (not butter!)
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
(I usually DOUBLE this recipe when I’m making for gifts. A single recipe will make approximately 24 BIG cookies.)

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In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

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In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the shortening and sugar together on medium-high speed until soft and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add the sour cream and vanilla and blend together until creamy.

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With the mixer on low speed, add in the dry ingredients (I add it 1/3 at a time) mixing just until incorporated and evenly mixed.

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You will have a very sticky dough at this point so it is very important to CHILL THE DOUGH FOR 1-2 HOURS. This is the hardest part!

After the dough has chilled the rest is about technique. Here are some tips to help your cookies come out PERFECT. :-)

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Divide the dough into two portions. Roll out one section at a time. It’s easier to work with a smaller piece. Roll out with plenty of flour on your board to avoid sticking issues. But don’t work the dough TOO much or it will get tough. Also make sure to flour your ROLLING PIN and COOKIE CUTTERS as well.

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valentine cookies

Roll out your dough, aiming for a thickness of approximately 1/4 inch.

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Cut out your cookies, scoop them off the board with a spatula and transfer to a cookie sheet. It helps if you nudge a little bit of flour under the cookie as you lift it off the board.

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valentine cookies

Bake the cookies for between 10 and 12 minutes at 350 degrees. Timing is CRUCIAL…so keep an eye on them. You are shooting cookies that are just BARELY starting to brown on the edges.

Allow the cookies to cool completely before frosting with your favorite frosting. I’m adding my favorite frosting recipe below because it’s easy and yummy! I like to very generously spread it on the cookie and top it off with sprinkles!

My Powdered Sugar Frosting

(I mostly “eyeball” these amounts.)
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons softened butter
1 tsp vanilla
2-3 tablespoons milk
food coloring (I used a tiny dab of Wilton’s pink gel coloring)

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Start with 2 tablespoons of milk and keep adding about a teaspoon at a time, until the frosting is at just the right consistency. Not too thick, but not too runny.

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valentine cookies

Looks good enough to EAT…doesn’t it? :-)  Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post…having the right equipment can make all the difference when taking good photographs!

So, with that in mind and to encourage you AND me to improve our photographs I want to offer you a chance to win both a Canon Rebel T3i DSLR Camera (a $699 value), courtesy of One Good Thing By Jillee, AND an online photography course (a $125 value), courtesy of Nicole’s Classes!

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A couple of weeks ago I was privileged to attend Altitude Design Summit in SLC and one of the other bloggers I was most excited about meeting was Nicole Gerulat of Nicole’s Classes! Ever since I discovered her beautiful photography a couple of years ago, I have been huge fan! I will be taking the class right along with you and before we’re done with the 4-week course we will be incredible photographers! ;-)

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CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED!

 

Congratulations to Kristi Tarnowski!!!

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So would you like to know how to enter to win??  Of course you would!  :-)  It’s not hard…..

Just leave a comment below telling us why you would like to win!

You can also increase your chances with these BONUS ENTRIES:

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4. Tweet the following statement about this giveaway: Enter to win Canon Rebel T3 & online photography course courtesy of @JillsGoodThings and @NicolesClasses!

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Winner must be 16 years or older and will be randomly selected and announced Friday, February 15th, 2013. Be sure a valid email address is included with your comment(s).  The winner will have 72 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen.

GOOD LUCK!

(now go make some cookies for the one’s you love!)


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Comments

  1. Brandee says

    I have had to give up my career due to Crohn’s disease. So, I am about to embark on authoring a cooking blog (how ironic is that) to try and support my family and myself. This camera would be a blessing to say the least.

    Good luck to everyone who enters!

  2. Tuesday Bodson says

    I’ve never been good with words so telling you why I want to win is kinda hard. I just do. Maybe I’ll have a better time expressing myself with photos.

  3. Katrina Hubbard says

    TO be honest, the last new camera I got was when my daughter started high school 4 years ago. My son just gave me my first grandson 9 months ago and I would love a new camera for taking pictures!

  4. Marj Walters says

    I would love to win the camera since I lost mine in my divorce. I have been taking horrible pictures on my really old phone for two years now. I would love to be able to share good photos. So far, I haven’t even been able to download my pics to my computer. That’s how old my phone is. Lol.

  5. Jan S. says

    I would LOVE to win because I’ve been dying for a good camera (all my others were cheap and now broken) but can’t afford one on my own!

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