Rollie's Christmas Sugar Cookies

This past weekend, the Hubby and I were preparing for my friend's annual Christmas Cookie Exchange.  Typically, we make 'Eggnog Thumbprints' but this year, we decided to switch to an old favorite...Rollie's Famous (my father-in-law) Christmas Sugar Cookies.

The recipe is easy, just mix up a quick batch, let it rest in the fridge for a few hours, put the kiddo's to bed, pour a glass of wine, roll out the dough and start cutting!

Sugar Cookie Recipe

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 5 and 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
In a large bowl, combine sugar, sour cream, eggs, butter and shortening.  Beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.  In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and gently tap through a sifter to remove lumps from flour and combine the ingredients.  Add the flour mixture to butter mixture, add almond extracts, vanilla and salt.  

Beat at low speed until soft dough.  Divide dough into 4 quarters, cover in plastic wrap and place in fridge for at least one hour.  (You want to work small portions of the dough to ensure that the dough stays cold.) 

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Starting with one quarter, roll out the dough on a well floured surface to 1/4 inch thick.  Using 3" cookie cutter, cut desired shapes into dough and place on cookie sheet 2" apart and bake ~10 minutes until lightly golden brown...

Keep in mind, my father-in-law's recipe indicates you should bake for 6-8 minutes...we baked for 16. 

Let the cookies cool and then begin the icing process! 

Sugar Cookie Recipe

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp milk
  • food coloring (optional)
In a large bowl, combine buter, shortening, vanilla and beat until creamy.  Add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, and beat at low speed until well blended.  Add milk, and beat on medium speed until fluffy.  



  1. And they were DELISH too!! I think Emma ate them ALL :) Thanks for sharing!

  2. I LOVE sugar cookies. It's been a long time since I've had them though. I want some now, haha. Thanks for the recipe, I'll have to try making my own now.
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