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We couldn’t finish off this week without a sugar cookie recipe, right?
I won’t lie to y’all. I’m a big sugar cookie fan… but I’ve tried so many recipes that were simply too sweet for me. (Strange, I know, especially since I love all kinds of sweets!)
This recipe strikes the perfect balance: a fluffy, slightly crunchy and slightly tart cookie, topped with glorious simple powdered sugar icing.
This recipe is adapted from one my mother gave me entitled ‘Sour Cream Cut Outs.’ Unfortunately, I don’t keep sour cream around the house, and while looking at recipes for this week, I thought it might be fun to substitute in some Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream, as I already had some at my home.
These sugar cookies are a crowd pleaser, and they are perfect for all kinds of holiday get-togethers. And if I see you at one, there’s a good chance I’ve brought some of these to share the holiday cheer.
Greek Yogurt Cut Out Sugar Cookies
- 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (non-fat OK)
- 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Make the Dough
- In a large bowl, cream the shortening, applesauce, sugar, egg and vanilla extract together until incorporated and lightened slightly. Then add the Greek yogurt and mix until combined.
- In another bowl, sift together the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda and salt.
- Slowly, mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until all have been incorporated.
- Chill the dough for at least an hour.
Bake the Cookies
- Preheat the oven to 425°F.
- On a heavily-floured surface, roll out the dough to a 1/4" thickness and create the cookies using cookie cutters.
- Place the cookies on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, and bake for 8 minutes or until cookies have risen slightly and browned on top.
- Allow to cool completely, then ice with powdered sugar icing.
Makes 3 dozen cookies, depending on the size of your cookie cutters.
Do you have a favorite sugar cookie recipe? And do you like to bake it around this time of year?