This is a very old family recipe. Traditionally, it's called "Firewood in the Snow" and arranged as a pile of "sticks," in a pile of creamy frosting. Here how it usually looks:
- 2 sticks butter
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 cup sugar
- 3-4 cups all-purpose flour (to make a cookie consistency dough)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
Note: I was not happy with this dough. The ingredients are not the same in quality as when I was growing up and it's difficult to guess just the right combination, so I think I added too much flour. The dough was easy to roll out but too tough, in my opinion. Next time, I will make a much softer dough and just shape "sticks" by hand, folding cherries (or preserves) inside.
- filling: very thick cherry preserves or sweet cherries in heavy syrup, drained
- 32 oz sour cream (I always use Daisy because it's thick and creamy), drained overnight to thicken
- 16 oz heavy cream
- 2-3 cups confectioner's sugar
- Beat butter and sugar until fluffy.
- Add sour cream and salt.
- Mix flour with baking powder, then slowly fold into the mix.
- Make the soft dough -- see my note above. It will be sticky and very soft but, as long as you can roll little balls, enclose preserves or cherries, and roll out (in your hands) into sticks, it's fine. You need to make 15-16 sticks. Alternatively, you can make filled cookies (round shape) and make a snowball pile.
- Bake at 400 until golden brown.
- To make frosting, beat heavy cream until thick. Add sour cream and sugar and beat until thick. It won't be as thick as cream cheese frosting, for example. It's OK -- the dough needs to saturate.
- Arrange in a pile, generously covering each layer with frosting.
- Refrigerate at least overnight.