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Basic sugar cookies are made with sour cream and spiced with nutmeg. Plan additional time to refrigerate dough at least 3 hours or overnight.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 23 minutes


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2-3/4 cups flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, divided


Beat butter at medium speed of an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add 1 cup sugar, beating well. Add eggs, sour cream, and vanilla. Beat well.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg. Stir well. Gradually add to butter mixture, beating until blended. Cover and chill dough at least 3 hours.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine 1/3 cup sugar and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg; stir well. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on lightly greased cookie sheets. Grease bottom of a glass. Dip glass in sugar mixture, and press each ball flat. Bake for 8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove cookies to wire racks to cool.

Yield: 60 cookies

Per cookie: fats, 2 grams (34% of calories); calories, 58; cholesterol, 12 milligrams; carbohydrate, 9 grams; fiber, 0 grams; protein, 1 gram; sodium, 44 milligrams

Recipe Source: Country Woman Christmas 2000 (Reiman Publications)
Reprinted with permission.

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