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Sour Cream Twists

 Sour Cream Twists
When I was a little girl, my mother bought me an Easy Bake oven, and my "cookie-making career" was off and running. Now that I have my own family, I bake even more. At Christmas I make as many as 30 different kinds of cookies! This particular recipe has been in my family for generations. &mdashKathy Floyd, Greenville, Florida
48 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min./batch

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • Red or green colored sugar

Directions

  • In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Let stand 5 minutes. In a
  • bowl, stir together flour and salt. Cut in butter an shortening
  • until particles are the size of small peas. Stir in eggs, sour
  • cream, 1 teaspoon vanilla and the yeast mixture. Mix thoroughly
  • (dough will be stiff and resemble pie pastry).
  • Combine white sugar and remaining vanilla; lightly sprinkle 1/2 cup
  • over a pastry cloth. Roll out half of the dough into a rectangle.
  • Sprinkle with about 1 tablespoon of the sugar mixture plus some red
  • or green colored sugar. Fold rectangle into thirds (fold one end of
  • dough over center and fold other end over to make three layers).
  • Give dough a quarter turn and repeat rolling, sugaring, and folding

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Sour Cream Twists (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • two more times. Roll out into a 16-in. x 9-in. rectangle. Cut into
  • 3-in. x 1-in. strips. Twist each strip two or three times. Place on
  • chilled ungreased baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough, sugar
  • mixture and colored sugar.
  • Bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until light golden brown.
  • Immediately remove cookies to wire racks. Yield: 8 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 106 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 16 mg cholesterol, 60 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.