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December 19, 2007 / Tony

Grandma Gert’s Sour Cream Sugar Cookies


My late Grandmother was one of the finest cooks I’ve ever known.  Everything she made just sparkled with good, homely goodness.  She made excellent pickles, pies, salads, lefse, rommegrot, and cookies.   I sometimes feel a little sad that I won’t ever be able to eat her food anymore.  No one has been able to replicate the quality of food that she created. 

These cookies are good representation of her style.  They are a solidly good cookie that just feels so comforting in your mouth.  There’s a bit of tang from the sour cream as well.  These are the type of cookies that I think, if made for your kids, would be remembered by them as something that symbolized their childhood.   

Here’s the recipe.  The recipe is written as my grandmother hand wrote it to my family.  My additions are in brackets.

Grandma Gert’s Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

1 cup butter

2 cups white sugar

Cream good.

Add 3 eggs.

Stir good.

Add 1/2 cup sour cream.

Stir good.

Add 4 cups flour

1 tsp soda

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

[Mix all dry ingredients together first and then add to the butter/egg mixture in 3 additions.  Mix the vanilla into the butter/egg mixture before the dry goods are added.]

Let stand a couple hours [at room temperature, covered with plastic wrap].

Make in balls, press with sugar coated glass, press down good.  [Dust with more sugar; for a festive look, use dyed sugar.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake on parchment paper or a greased cookie sheet for 11 minutes or until they are just done.  They will not necessarily have brown around the edges.  In fact, if they do, you probably overcooked them.  Cool for a few minutes on the cookie sheet and then transfer to a cooling rack.]

And here’s a picture of my grandmother with her husband Bill, my parents, and my nephew. 



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  1. Cindy / Dec 28 2007 6:51 pm

    Those look just like my grandma’s cookies – yum!!!!

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