Soft Sugar Cookies

1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
3 tsp. vanilla
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking soda
5 1/2 cups flour

In mixer, cream butter and sugar, and then add eggs and vanilla. 
Add sour cream. Combine salt, soda, and flour, and add to mixture.


Roll dough out on floured surface to about 1/4 to 1/3 thick and then use a spatula to lift cookies onto greased (I used Pam) cookie sheets.  Bake at 375 degrees for 7-8 min.  You will want to keep an eye on the cookies the cookies might look like they still need to cook but you do not want the edges to start browning.  

Let cookies cool on the cookie sheet for about 5 min and then move to the cooling racks.  

Cool cookies then frost 

Basic Butter cream frosting 
1/2 cup butter softened
4 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract or almond 
1/4 cup milk 

With a mixer cream butter. Beat in sugar and vanilla  Gradually add milk until frosting reaches desired consistency. Add desired food coloring.