Food & Drink

Cookie Palooza: Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

861f4efd74acd509e433_IMG_4973.JPG
Credits: M. J. Bergh
c1a166bfae2c7a5a614b_IMG_4965.JPG
Sour Cream Sugar Cookies Credits: M. J. Bergh
6efe792520a2ff118b4e_IMG_4970.JPG
Credits: M. J. Bergh
861f4efd74acd509e433_IMG_4973.JPG

CLARK, NJ - Beautifully decorated sugar cookie cutouts are a Christmas tradition, and many folks have a favorite sugar cookie recipe. But how many bakers can say their recipe originated in Germany more than a century ago?

Amelia Zastrow brought this recipe when she emigrated from Germany to Wisconsin in 1883. She passed it down to her daughter and granddaughter, and now, her great-granddaughter, Martha Bergh of Scotch Plains, is the fourth generation of the family to master the treasured recipe. More than 100 years after Amelia left Germany with her special recipe, Martha is teaching her teenage sons to carry on the tradition of baking their great-great-grandmother's  Zucker cookies.

Topped with a simple powdered sugar icing and a sprinkle of colored sugars or nonpareils, a platter of these festive sour cream sugar cookies is sure to take pride of place on your holiday table.

Sign Up for E-News

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

2 cups sugar

1 cup butter

2 eggs

1 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

5 cups flour

Cream sugar and butter. Beat in eggs, sour cream and vanilla. Stir baking soda and salt into flour. Add dry ingredients to batter. Mix well; chill overnight. (Don't rush this step--dough must be well-chilled.) Preheat oven to 375 degrees. On a floured surface, roll dough to a thickness of 3/8" (for soft cookies, don't roll too thin) and use cookie cutters to cut shapes. Bake 8-10 minutes, until edges just begin to turn golden. Cool briefly on a cookie sheet, then transfer to a wire rack. Frost with icing of your choice and decorate as desired.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Paterson

‘We Must Not Be Enemies’

May 9, 2018

Dear Editor

I want to take opportunity to congratulate Mayor Elect Andre Sayegh on his awesome election night victory and for running a campaign to unite all Patersonians. His message of “One Paterson” resonated with the electorate. I believe that Paterson's best days are ahead. He will govern the city the same way he campaigned, always putting Paterson and ...

Coughlin Appoints Wimberly New Assembly Housing Committee Chair

May 21, 2018

TRENTON, NJ – Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin has named Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly as the new Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee chairman.

Wimberly will oversee the key committee responsible for addressing statewide concerns including affordable housing, residential construction and various legislation improving New Jersey communities.

He will assume chairmanship of ...

Adopt A Pet

This little cutie is the last “good” reminder of a bitter winter. The family, mom included, were rescued during a nasty blizzard. They adapted quickly to being safe inside and are now ready to find their new homes and their new families. Hailey is quite the player and is all about kitten energy. Born in late February of 2018, this beautiful grey and white girl enjoys wrestling with ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Steve Lenox of TAPinto Paterson

This week's feature will focus on TAPinto Paterson's franchisee, Steve Lenox. Find out how the current owner of a public affairs firm went from a former State Director for Senator Frank Lautenberg to a proud TAPinto franchisee for New Jersey's third largest city.

 

Q. When did you join TAPinto.net?

I joined TAPinto.net in September, ...

Passaic County CASA Recognizes Volunteer Child Advocates at Annual Event

May 11, 2018

WAYNE, NJ- More than 50 staff members, volunteers, and board members from Passaic County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) celebrated the impact of CASA volunteers at the organization's Volunteer Appreciation Brunch on April 28, 2018, at Laurelwood Arboretum in Wayne. This annual event recognizes Passaic County CASA volunteer advocates and the difference they make in the lives of ...

Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver Testimony on Proposal to Divert Affordable Housing Funds

May 21, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- TAPinto Paterson earlier reported on the response of local community leaders and activists on a proposal by Governor Phil Murphy to divert $46 million from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF) which they wrote in a letter signed by representatives of over 100 groups statewide is “legally dedicated to the creation of affordable homes for lower income ...

Local Advocates Join Statewide Call for Restoration of Affordable Housing Funds

PATERSON, NJ- The leaders of several local organizations including Paterson Habitat for Humanity, Saint Paul’s Community Development Corporation, the Paterson Housing Authority, and the City of Paterson’s Neighborhood Assistance Office lent their signatures to a letter urging Governor Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Legislature to preserve a fund dedicated to creation of affordable ...

The Elections are Over, Now it's Time to Collaborate!

May 21, 2018

For much of the past six months Paterson’s focus has been on the races for mayor and council, and rightly so. The elected officials that serve the nearly 150,000 residents of our city have an enormous responsibility, their actions dictating not just success of our community, but the way our City is perceived.

The election is now behind us, and we congratulate all who took part in the ...