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December 19, 2016

Aunt Pearl's Sour Cream Cookies

We would often visit my Grandma Walker around my birthday, in mid-late August, just before the school year started.  Grandma would have these sour cream cookies waiting.  The holidays were filled with so many visitors and treats that it was often the one time of year she didn't have to cook.  But when searching for a favorite treat this Christmas, my friend Jenny and I pulled out this trusted recipe for Jenny's five year old son to share with Santa.  It came first from my Grandma's sister, Pearl Mumm.  Now so beloved, there are several versions written down within the family, slightly different, and all attributed to Pearl, though each baker has made it her own.  I was so excited to share this with my friend this season, knowing her family will be handing the recipe down through generations too.

Aunt Pearl's Sour Cream Cookies

2 cups Sugar
1 cup Butter
1 cup Sour Cream
2 Eggs
4 1/2 Cups Flour
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Ground Nutmeg
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 tsp. Salt 
Raisins (optional) 

1.  Place sugar, butter, sour cream, and eggs into bowl and beat thoroughly.  
2.  Add flour, baking soda, nutmeg, vanilla, and salt; mix well.
3.  Roll out and cut into circles using a biscuit cutter for even size.  If dough is sticky, add a little flour.
4.  Use the back of a teaspoon to make a small well in each round; top with mixture of brown sugar and cream slurry (sour Half & Half or heavy cream by adding 1 cup vinegar).
4.  Bake in 350 degree oven until cookies are set, approximately ten minutes.

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