Happy almost St. Patricks Day! I think this holiday is so fun. I actually never had made anything green for St. Patricks Day until today but I had so much fun I’m going to make something green every year. I even made the sugar cookie green. Tonight we had a ward St. Patrick’s Day dinner and almost everything was green. It was a lot of fun! I brought these fun clover cookies to share and even though there were a ton of desserts, mine were all gone quickly. (Because they are amazing!)
The name of this cookie does not lie, SUPER SOFT! And let me tell you it is about as super soft as you can get. Because of that it’s a little fragile when hot so let it cool down all the way before frosting. This frosting is delicious too. I made these cookies for Valentines Day and Derek’s family went crazy over them.
Just a note about the sugar cookie recipe. It makes a lot, like 2 or 3 dozen depending on the cookie cutter you use. If you don’t need a lot, half it.
Super Soft Sugar Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups + 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
8 ounces sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
4 teaspoons baking powder
4 1/2 cups flour
Cream together butter and sugar. Add remaining wet ingredients: eggs, sour cream and vanilla. In a separate small bowl combine salt, baking soda and baking powder. Slowly mix into wet ingredients until combined. Add 3 cups of flour, then add remaining flour slowly until a bread dough-like consistency is reached. The dough should be moist and stretchy, but not sticking to the bowl or your hands. Divide the dough in half, wrap in waxed paper, and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 F. Roll out dough 1/4 inch thick on a well-floured surfaced and cut into shapes. Bake for 8-10 minutes, depending on size. The cookies shouldn’t brown on the top at all, but they may brown slightly on the bottom.
3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
food coloring (optional)
Mix the powdered sugar, butter and milk together until smooth. Add the extract and food coloring, if using, until blended well.