1/2 cup shortening
2 cups sugar
1 cup sour cream
2 tsp. vanilla extract
4.5 cups sifted flour
1 Tbsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. shortening
Note: You've heard of Gingerbread Boys, but how about Sour Cream Girls???? Attributed to Dennis Borovy, Jr. who took First Place in the Junior Baking Contest of the Assoc. of Connecticut Fairs, back in the early 1970s.
Cream the shortening, add the sugar, and mix well. Add the eggs and beat until light. Stir in the sour cream and vanilla extract. Sift together and add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Mix until well blended. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight.
Preheat the oven to 375. Roll out the dough, about one fourth at a time, on a well-floured board to a thickness of 1/4 inch. Using the outer part of a doughnut cutter, cut small circles for heads. For each girl, cut a narrow strip from two sides of a large circle, leaving a triangular-shaped piece for the body. Place the narrow strips at the sides for arms, and use a small circle for the head. Place on ungreased cookie sheets 2 inches apart.
Decorate the cookies with raisins, candies, candied fruits, or any appropriate edible decoration. Bake 10-12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack, and decorate with icing if desired. Makes about 6 dozen. Enjoy! -Diana
Submitted by Diana Bogue Contributed on: and modified on Thursday February 26th, 2009