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Sour Cream Cookies

Old-fashioned Sour Cream Cookies are soft, lightly sweet, and so easy to make that they barely require any effort. You'll want to make these all year because they're so irresistible!

Frosted sour cream cookies next to a spreading knife with frosting on the tip.

It is the time of year where we're all baking nothing but cookies! Hello holiday baking!!

I recently shared delightful classic sugar cookies and chewy gingersnap cookies that make wonderful edible gifts for Christmas. And today I have another cookie that will win the hearts of whoever tries them.

I mentioned before I have a friend who grew up in the midwest. Her grandmother passed down a very old church cookbook filled recipes that had easy to access recipes.

I browsed through this book and found so many wonderful recipes to try! Remember this pumpkin jam from early fall? That was one of the recipes I adapted from the book.

Frosted sour cream cookies next to a try filled with cookies and a white bowl filled with pink frosting.

How to make sour cream cookies

Today I'm sharing another. Old-Fashioned Sour Cream Cookies.

They are so incredibly soft and sweet. And they require ingredients that you most likely have on hand.

Adding sour cream to a basic cookie base produces a soft, creamy cookie. You can taste an ever so slight tang and ultimate richness from the sour cream.

In addition to the sour cream, there's a splash of vanilla extract for flavor. You can also use almond extract or a combination of both.

Neatly arrange sour cream cookies in on a white tray.

The best thing about this sour cream cookie dough is it doesn't require chilling. The dough is supposed to be soft, almost like a thick cake batter.

Spoon the dough out onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and press each cookie flat with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar. The sugar will help prevent the dough from getting stuck to the bottom of the glass.

These cookies are great plain with a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar or frosted with sour cream frosting. I like to use the frosting and color it so the cookies look extra pretty.

They'd also look fancy with a sprinkling of sanding sugar. You choose how you want to decorate your sour cream cookies!

Frosted sour cream cookies next to a try filled with cookies and a white bowl filled with pink frosting.

More cookie recipes you'll love

  1. White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
  2. Glazed Lemon Cookies
  3. Chai Cookies

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Frosted sour cream cookies next to a spreading knife with frosting on the tip.

Sour Cream Cookies

Yield: 20 cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

Old-fashioned Sour Cream Cookies are soft, lightly sweet, and so easy to make that they barely require any effort. You’ll want to make these all year because they’re so irresistible!

Ingredients

For the cookies

  • ⅓ cup (76 g) unsalted butter, softened
  • ⅔ cup (133 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (115 g) sour cream
  • 1 ⅔ cups (200 g) cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

For the frosting

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 ½ cup (180 g) confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • sprinkles, optional
  • sanding sugar, optional

Instructions

Make the cookies

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl using a hand-held or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until fluffy and pale in color. 
  3. Beat in the egg and vanilla on high speed, followed by the sour cream. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
  4. Whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda together until combined. On low speed, slowly mix the flour mixture into the sour cream mixture until combined. The dough will be soft, almost like a thick cake batter.
  5. Drop tablespoons of dough onto the prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Press each cookie flat with the bottom of a wet glass dipped in sugar.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until very lightly browned around the edges. Rotate the pan once halfway through baking. Cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet then transfer to cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.

Make the frosting

  1. In a medium bowl using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat the butter and sour cream on medium-high speed until creamy and smooth, about 2 minutes. 
  2. Add the confectioners' sugar, vanilla, and salt. Beat on low speed for 20 seconds then increase to high speed until everything is fully combined and the frosting is a spreadable consistency.  Spread over each cooled cookie, then decorate with sprinkles or sanding sugar

Notes

Instead of frosting, you can sprinkle a mixture of 2 tablespoons granulated and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon over the cookies just before baking.

Make ahead tip

  1. The cookies will keep for up to 3 days stored in an airtight container at room temperature or up to 1 week in the refrigerator.
  2. Baked unfrosted cookies will keep for up to 3 months stored in the freezer. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and bring to room temperature before serving.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 69

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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Jenny Diehl

Sunday 4th of July 2021

Would you be able to bake it like a sheet cake (all in one pan) to use as a base for “fruit pizza”?

Jen Sobjack

Tuesday 6th of July 2021

I've never attempted to bake this recipe that way so I'm unsure how it will turn out. If you give it a try, do let me know how it goes.

Peggy

Wednesday 31st of March 2021

I have tried several different sour cream cookie recipes, but this is the one!! Just like my grandma made. I have made these numerous times, in fact, I'm preparing to make a double batch right now. Thanks so much!

Heather

Wednesday 8th of January 2020

Can you also freeze the icing? Hoping to make these in advance for a party :)

Jen Sobjack

Thursday 9th of January 2020

I imagine the icing would freeze fine. It's nothing more than American buttercream. You may need to re-whip it once it has thawed.

Heather

Wednesday 8th of January 2020

Can you put the raw cookie dough in the freezer for 2 weeks before cooking them?

Jen Sobjack

Thursday 9th of January 2020

I don't recommend freezing this dough. It's very soft and meant to have a cake-like texture. I'm afraid freezing the dough would jeopardize the integrity of the final product. You can bake the cookies then pop them into the freezer for 2 weeks. Thaw them overnight in the refrigerator.

Coco

Friday 27th of December 2019

These turned out perfectly! Thank you for adapting and sharing a gem of a cookie recipe.

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