This recipe stays soft because of the sour cream and cake flour in them. I make them every Christmas.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the sour cream and vanilla. Stir in baking soda, baking powder and salt; gradually mix in flour to form a dough that is stiff enough to roll out. More or less flour may be necessary.

  • Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface and cut into shapes using cookie cutters. Place cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

  • Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm and the center appears dry. Cookies will stay white, so be careful not to overbake.

Nutrition Facts

268 calories; 10.4 g total fat; 40 mg cholesterol; 187 mg sodium. 39.1 g carbohydrates; 4.1 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2007
I have searched for many years to find a delicious cut-out recipe worthy of the time and invested. THIS IS IT! It must be the cake flour and the sour cream. The cookies looked like they were purchased at a high-end bakery. I am an avid baker and I can not thank you enough for this treasure! Thank you Patty for sharing this gem of a cut-out cookie recipe... Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/21/2010
Looked cute but dry and not sweet. I didnt over bake but they just came out dry. Wont make again. I prefer a stardard sugar cookie. Wont make again Read More
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34 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2007
I have searched for many years to find a delicious cut-out recipe worthy of the time and invested. THIS IS IT! It must be the cake flour and the sour cream. The cookies looked like they were purchased at a high-end bakery. I am an avid baker and I can not thank you enough for this treasure! Thank you Patty for sharing this gem of a cut-out cookie recipe... Read More
(26)
Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2007
I have searched for many years to find a delicious cut-out recipe worthy of the time and invested. THIS IS IT! It must be the cake flour and the sour cream. The cookies looked like they were purchased at a high-end bakery. I am an avid baker and I can not thank you enough for this treasure! Thank you Patty for sharing this gem of a cut-out cookie recipe... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2004
Every Christmas we make these cookies for a cookie decorating party and they alway turn out soft and light very few ever make it into the take home bag! The flour and sour cream are key DON'T substitute! The dough will be very stiff stir by last of the flour in by hand if necessary. It isn't a sweet cookie that's why they're so good for decorating with icing and sugar. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2009
I like the taste but next time will cut the cooking time by a few minutes as 10 minutes produced a somewhat dry cookie. They hold their shape very well and look really pretty frosted with sugar cookie frosting from this site. Thank you for sharing this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/05/2004
This is the easiest cut-out cookie dough I've ever worked with. Ended up using less flour than called for.I liked the not-too-sweet flavor but I goofed and ended up using self-rising flour instead of cake flour. Mine ended up being more of a sweet biscuit -- would be great dough for scones! Would have probably been wonderful if I'd used the right flour. The texture is great -- the sour cream makes the difference. I'll definitely try them again -- the right way next time! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/16/2009
This is probably one of the best cut-out cookie dough I've ever worked with. The finished product held it's shape and puffed up nicely. The only downfall this cookie has is the lack of sweetness. But otherwise it is soft melts in your mouth mmm mmm. It's a good thing the frosting I made compensated for the lack of sweetness in the cookie itself. I also made this dough ahead of time maybe a few weeks ahead. Rolled it into a log wrapped it tightly in wax paper and stored in a ziplock bag. I thawed it 3/4 way before I started working with it. Very good dough very good cookie. I will try this recipe again and probably put more sugar in next time. Thanks for Sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/21/2009
This is the ideal cut-out cookie recipe if you plan to frost your cookies. The dough is easy to work with and the result will be a fat soft cookie & the perfect base for decorating. Use super sweet frosting and your cookies will taste exactly like those big soft frosted cookies you can buy from your grocery store. Definitely bakery quality! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/21/2010
Looked cute but dry and not sweet. I didnt over bake but they just came out dry. Wont make again. I prefer a stardard sugar cookie. Wont make again Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2008
I had so much fun making these cookies with my two year old last night. This dough was so easy to work with. I rolled mine really thick so my son could pick up the cookies easilly once they were cut out without tearing or breaking. Even though they were really thick the cooking time listed seemed a bit too long. A really nice soft texture lightly sweet cookie that holds it shape really well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2008
Yum!! I added some cinnamon and used the brown sugar frosting on this site and made great fall cut outs. They were so soft and held their shape. I will use this recipe for Christmas as well. Thanks. Read More
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