Sugar Cookie Cupcakes

I am a fan of Sugar Cookies, BUT they MUST meet the frosting requirement…
Orange. (Flavor, not color!)

When I saw this recipe… I HAD to give it a try.
(In fact, this is my new sugar cookie frosting recipe too!)

sugar cookie cupcakes_1731 (recipe by Baked Perfection, photo by ME)

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups sour cream

In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
In a separate mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs, one at a time.
Add the vanilla; mix well. Add the flour mixture to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream (batter will be thick).
Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups with 1/4 cup of batter.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
Recipe makes approximately 30 cupcakes.

Orange Buttercream Frosting

6 cups powdered sugar
1 cup butter, softened
zest of two oranges
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4-6 tablespoons orange juice

Cream sugar, butter, orange zest, and vanilla.
Add 4 tablespoons of orange juice and beat until fluffy,
adding more if needed.

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