Soft Sugar Cookies & Cookie Gifts

Most of your presents are wrapped and under the tree, and now that you have a little more time on your hands, let the baking begin! If you love the Lofthouse Sugar Cookies from the grocery store, you can whip up these Soft Sugar Cookies for the best made from scratch Sugar Cookie Recipe!
sugar cookies-Darcy Oliver Design

I brought these Sugar Cookies to a recent Cookie Party, and I still have left over dough in the freezer! This Recipe is great for large batch cookies, roughly around 100 Cookies total. However, when you wrap up the dough to sit in the fridge overnight to set up, you will have two batches of dough. I suggest taking one of the wrapped dough packages, and placing it in a freezer bag to have it chill in the freezer until you are ready to use it.

ingredients:

cookies:
6 cups flour, divided
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups light sour cream

frosting:
1 cup butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar
6 tablespoons heavy cream
Blue Gel Food Dye (or any color you prefer)
Sprinkles

directions:

For the cookies:
In a medium bowl, whisk 5 cups of flour, baking soda, and baking powder; set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and granulated sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Add the eggs, one at a time beating until each is incorporated. Add the vanilla and sour cream and beat at low speed until combined.

Add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds, scraping down the bowl as needed. Dough needs to obtain the right consistency for rolling, so add additional flour, 1/4 cup at a time, until this is achieved (up to 1 cup more flour). Divide dough into two sections. Flatten into rectangles about 1 1/2 inches thick, then wrap with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator overnight.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or spray them with nonstick cooking spray, set aside.

Generously flour a work area and rolling pin. With a rolling pin, roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thickness. Using a 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter, cut out circles and transfer to a baking sheet. Bake for 7-8 minutes, until pale golden. Immediately transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.

For the frosting:
To make the frosting, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and vanilla. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar. Once smooth and creamy, add in heavy cream, 1 tablespoon at a time until the desired spreading consistency is achieved. Add a couple of drops of Food Dye and mix together until the color is consistent.

Once cookies have cooled completely, frost and add sprinkles. Allow frosting to set, then store in an air-tight container. Let cookies sit overnight before serving to allow the flavors to develop.

If you are attending a Cookie Party this weekend, or just getting together with friends, this Cookie in a Jar is a great gift idea! Totally adorable, and ready to bake, my girlfriend gave this to me at a Cookie Party. With the directions and all, you just have to whip the cookie mix together with wet ingredients, and it makes for a fun Cookie Sesh to do with family! Whether you give Cookies or Cookies in a Jar, they make for the sweetest gifts this Christmas!
Cookie in a Jar-Darcy Oliver Design

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Jolly Holly Christmas Cake

Get in the Holiday Spirit and make your friends & family this Jolly Holly Cake for Christmas!  Not only does this cake look adorable, this bundt cake recipe is as easy as 1, 2, 3!
Holly Cake-Darcy Oliver Design

You can bake any cake recipe you’d prefer, but I went with an old stand-by and favorite in my household, the Holiday Funfetti Cake Mix! Pick up some Cherry Sours Candy & Mint Leaves from the grocery store, and if you’d prefer to make your own white cake mix be sure to pick up some red and green sprinkles for a Funfetti style! After you mix the cake, pour the cake mix into a greased Bundt Pan and follow your cake batter recipe for baking directions.

Holly Cake, Funfetti, Buttercream Frosting-Darcy Oliver Design

After your cake has completely cooled (about 45 mins) in the bundt pan, place a plate on top of the opening and flip the cake onto the plate.  Get your Mint Leaves ready by giving them a quick rinse and pat them dry, but ensure they are completely dry before you decorate your cake with them.

Use a White Buttercream Frosting recipe, and frost the entire cake (even inside the ring). Once your cake is frosted, start with the top of the cake and carefully place 2 Mint Leaves, and 3 Cherry Sours in a bunch. To create a ring around the bottom of the cake, carefully overlap and tuck the back of each leaf behind the other, and with your extra frosting, dab each cherry in it to ensure the cherry will stick to your Mint Leaves. Prop your cake on a pretty Red or White Cake Stand, and voila! your Jolly Holly Christmas Cake is complete!Wreath Cake-Darcy Oliver Design