My daughter turned 3 in mid-August and the theme of her party was the movie Frozen. She loves it and knows pretty much all the lyrics to the songs. I made her a little tube style dress and a cape so that she could pretend to be Queen Elsa and she ran around the house swooshing her cape and flicking her hair for a good 45 minutes I’d say! lol For her birthday cake I made a vanilla cake decorated with whipped topping tinted with a little blue and topped it with Frozen character cupcake toppers and these snowflake sugar cookies. I wasn’t entirely sold on the of a small batch cookie recipe but it actually worked! They were seriously really good and as promised, did not dry out or get overly crispy. Every Christmas I make a giant batch of cookies and barely anyone eats them except for me and Santa. Not anymore! I will make these instead. Murphy’s law dictates this will be the year everyone wants to eat them. 😛
Small Batch Sugar Cookies
1 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp sour cream (make sure it’s not too “liquidy”)
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp baking powder
1 egg yolk from a large egg
Step 1: Cream sugar and butter in a deep bowl.
Step 2: Add egg yolk and vanilla extract. Mix until everything is well-blended.
Step 3: Add sour cream and mix again. I think sour cream added some moisture to these cookies and prevented them from becoming very hard.
Step 4: Add flour, baking powder and salt.
Step 5: Mix everything. The batter will start to curdle and look odd… that’s perfectly normal… you haven’t done anything wrong.
Step 6: When the curdling happens, it’s time to use your hands to start mixing until you form a ball of cookie dough!
Step 7: Roll this dough between 2 sheets of wax paper.
Step 8: Use a cookie cutter to cut out cookie shapes.
Step 9: Bake these cookies at 350 degrees for 6 minutes and then rotate your tray and bake for another 3 minutes.
Your baking times may vary depending on the thickness of your cookies.
To make Orange sugar cookies, replace vanilla extract with 1/2 tbsp orange extract or orange oil and also add 1/2 tbsp orange zest. You can add more or less zest depending on your preference.
To make Almond sugar cookies, add 1/4 tsp vanilla extract and 1/2 tbsp almond extract.
To make Spiced sugar cookies, add 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder and 1/4 tsp nutmeg powder.