Tuesday, June 26

The Best Sugar Cookie Recipe {Ever}

Jamie's Grandmother has been baking sugar cookies for family & friends for more than most peoples lifetime.  At 94 years old, Grandma Thorston still bakes at least one batch {14 dozen} a week to share with family and friends.  These cookies literally, taste like love.  We have sent a package of these cookies to both of our foodie pen pals which you can read about here at www.kissmybroccoli.com & here at www.familyfitnessfood.com.
Since we all enjoy these cookies so much, and share them at every family gathering, we thought we should spend a day with the expert, baking up these delightfully thin, buttery treats.
These cookies get top shelf treatment!
{The Recipe}
3 eggs
1 cup sour cream
3 cups sugar
1 lb softened butter {mmmm!}
2 tsp vanilla
Cream all of the above ingredients in a mixer for for 3 minutes until well mixed.
1 tsp baking soda
1tsp salt
7 cups of flour
{additional flour and sugar will be used for rolling & cut~outs}
Using a 1 cup measuring cup fill with one of the seven cups of flower.  Add 1/2 of this cup of flour to the creamed mixture.
Mix 1 tsp baking soda and 1 tsp salt with the left over 1/2 cup of flour and add to mixture in the mixer.
Slowly add 6 more cups of flour.
Mix well.
Put mixture into large bowl with 1/2 cup flour and combine thoroughly.
Cover with waxed paper, foil, or plastic film. Chill in refrigerator until firm enough to roll (several hours or overnight).
Remove dough from your refrigerator and take about a baseball sized ball of dough out of the bowl and create a ball using your hands.  Store remaining dough in refrigerator until ready to use.  Place dough ball onto a well floured surface.  
Jamie's Grandmother uses a cloth covered lefse plate to roll out her cookies.  Grandma also uses a cloth covered, marble rolling pin so the dough doesn't stick to either surface.
Lightly sugar the surface of the rolled out dough and then lightly re~roll with the rolling pin.
Use the cookie cutter of your choice to cut out your choice of shapes. Remember to flour the cookie cutter.  This helps the dought to easily come right out of the cutter.
Carefully place the cookie cut~outs onto your baking sheet.  
Grandma swears by air bake sheets only!
Bake at 350 degrees for ten minutes watching for light golden color.
Remove from  heat and cool on a baking rack.
 Grandma Thorston has the most beautiful hands... & Spirit.  She has worked hard her whole lifetime and we think she is SWELL!
 Great-Grandma thinks Hannah is going to be a cookie baker.  Hannah listened so well, and had so much fun.  She can't wait to bake cookies with Grandma again.
 Madi watched and learned as Grandma put her {vintage} mixer to work for what is probably the millionth batch of these cookies.  Grandma joked, "I hope the mixer lasts as long as I do."
 Mixing up a batch of the best {sugar} cookies ever with three ladies near and dear to my heart.

Jamie's Grandmother is such a beautiful lady! Her  light truly shines...

This recipe calls for the cookies to be rolled.  
Grandma rolls hers very, very, thin...
 The shape of Grandma's cookies are always flowers.
 With such thin cookies it takes patience and a steady hand to ensure a "pretty" cookie is placed on the cookie sheet for baking. At 94, Grandma still has both. 
After a full days work in the kitchen, We realize how much work goes into these very special, best ever, sugar cookies.  We're taking a Rubbermaid full of them home to be frozen and enjoyed all summer long!
Grandma you amaze us!


Shauna@Satori Design for Living said...

Thank you for this post. It takes me back to making fresh pasta with my grandma, kneading buns and everything she'd do with her hands. Whenever she'd visi,t we'd have to grab all of our socks with holes so she could darn them (who does that anymore?) and I remember admiring those hands of hers...ah nostalgia!

Jamie Steffl said...

Shauna, nostalgia is a beautiful thing. I am working towards teaching my children this through building family relationships. This was such a fun day. Blessings from the farm...the Steffls.