My wake up call came when Mr.B was two. The cookie dough had been chilled and we were set to roll, cut and decorate our cookies. That's when I almost had a nervous breakdown. My Norman Rockwell vision, turned into lopsided, sprinkle laden cookies, which were cut into undistinguishable shapes. Close to tears in frustration, Hubby pulled me aside and asked me to look at Mr.B and at how much fun he was having. Yes, there was more sprinkle on the floor than the cookies, yes we couldn't tell a tree from an angel, but the pure delight and pride on my son's face made my idea of holiday baking traditions change drastically. It's no longer about the perfect cookies, made by perfect children. It's about giving my children the opportunity to be proud of what they are creating. So yes, a lot of our cookies are lopsided and every inch is covered with sprinkles, but I look at those cookies and I remember the fun, joy and pride my children felt, creating them.
This month, Gay Lea Foods wanted us to talk about our baking traditions. To make things a bit more fun, then sent two chef hats and aprons, perfect for the kiddos. Queenie and Mr.B were so excited about their "Chef" wear, that they wore it pretty much all afternoon, and begged to make cookies. So we did. Or, shall I say they did. That's right! The kids made these cookies from start to finish. The only help they got from me, was to show them how to level off the flour and baking soda. They mixed, measured and zested until the cookies were ready for the oven. Of course Mommy took cake of the hot part. Safety first!
Ready to bake! Bring on the Gay Lea butter and sour cream!
Mixing, mixing, mixing!
Get all that yummy Gay Lea sour cream in there!
Gently roll the balls, they're very squishy, LOL.
Does powdered sugar taste like regular sugar?
Ready for the oven!
Lemon Sour Cream Cookies
Adapted from TastyKitchen.com
1-½ C Granulated Sugar
¼ C Sour Cream
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp lemon extract
2 tsp Lemon Zest
1 Tbs Lemon Juice
¼ tsp Salt
½ tsp Baking Soda
2-¼ C Flour
2/3 C Powdered Sugar
Yellow Food Colouring (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line cookie trays with parchment paper.
In a large bowl cream together the butter and granulated sugar until soft and light yellow. Add in egg, sour cream, vanilla and lemon extract; mix to combine. Add in the lemon zest and juice and mix to combine.
In a seperate bowl, mix salt and baking soda with the flour. Add to the wet ingredients and mix well. The dough will be thick but still sticky. Add a little yellow food coloring, for a vibrant colour; if desired.
Take small spoonfuls and placed them in the icing sugar and roll them into balls. Once they are coated with the powdered sugar placed the cookie dough balls on cookie sheets. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes rotating the trays half way through; until edges just begin to brown. Remove immediately to wire racks to cool.
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