Shannon here: Amish Romance author, Laura V. Hilton shares her recipe for Sour Cream Cut-Out Cookies With Cream Cheese Icing & a chance to win a copy of her latest, The Snow Globe. Comment or answer the question at the end of any post dated Nov 10 – 14 to enter the drawing. Deadline: Nov 22nd, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Laura:
1 cup butter (no substitutions)
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup sour cream (at room temperature)
5 cups flour
For the icing:
1/2 cup butter (no substitutions)
8 ounces cream cheese (at room temperature)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 lb powdered sugar
milk, to thin if needed
Mix butter, sugar, egg yolks, vanilla, and sour cream together. Add dry ingredients to mixture. Wrap in wax paper and refrigerate overnight. Roll out on a lightly floured surface or pastry cloth. Cut into 1/8th to 1/4th inch thickness using your favorite cookie cutters. Bake at 350°F for approximately 10 minutes or until the bottom is lightly browned. May need more time if on the thicker side. Cool on wire rack. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to apply icing.
Cream butter, cream cheese, and vanilla together. Gradually add powder sugar until blended. Thin with milk to desired consistency. If adding coloring paste, you may not need milk to thin.
After icing cookies, lay flat in the fridge until set. Then store in a airtight container with a small square of wax paper between cookies. Store in fridge until ready to serve. Serves: 22.
About Laura: Award winning author, Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and three of their children make their home in Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor. Laura also has two adult children.
Her publishing credits include three books in the Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House: Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts (winner of the 2012 Clash of the Titles Award in two categories), and Promised to Another. The Amish of Webster County series, Healing Love (finalist for the 2013 Christian Retail Awards). Surrendered Love and Awakened Love followed by her first Christmas novel, A White Christmas in Webster County, as well as a three book Amish series with Whitaker House, The Amish of Jamesport series, The Snow Globe, The Postcard in April 2015, and The Bird House in September 2015. Other credits include Swept Away from Abingdon Press. Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a professional book reviewer.
Learn more and connect: Blogs: http://lighthouse-academy.blogspot.com/ & http://lauravhilton.blogspot.com/, Twitter: @Laura_V_Hilton, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Laura-V-Hilton/161478847242512, Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/vernetlh/
About the book – The Snow Globe:
Victor Petersheim has left the Amish and works on a river boat on the Mississippi River, spending three months on the river then having three months off. During his off-work months he returns home to his Amish community and helps out on his grandparents’ farm. When he returns home after his most recent absence, he discovers his grossmammi has developed health problems and they’ve hired Esther Beachy to be a “mother’s helper.”
Victor is unsettled by this woman living in their home, but has to accept it. Esther loves listening to Victor’s grandmother’s stories and while puttering around in a store while the grossmammi’s in the hospital, she discovers a snow globe that depicts an area where the Petersheims used to live. She buys it as a gift for the grossmammi to cheer her up during her hospitalization. Victor is touched by Esther’s gift and her care for his grossmammi, and strives to be friendlier. Will Esther’s gentle heart draw him back to the community? Or will he return to the river once again?
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Question: Do you like to bake? Why? Or why not?
Come back Nov 14th for Laura’s Gifts in a Jar: Magic Cookie Bars Mix!