Sour Cream Sugar Cookies


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When I was growing up one of my favorite holiday traditions was making sour cream sugar cookies with my mom. Now that I have a family I wanted to continue that tradition with my kids. Back then, I loved making cookies to get to lick the dough off of the beaters. Now, I love making cookies to get to lick the dough off of the beaters. Okay, partly kidding. And, partly truthful – now I have to fight my kids for the dough!

girl with kitchen beater - Sour Cream Sugar Cookies recipe - Splendry

My favorite part of the cookie making process!

Even so, I have loved making these delicious cookies and homemade icing then & now! Now my kids love making them together with me, and also my mom on occasion, too!

sour cream sugar cookies ingredients - Splendry

  • ½ C. shortening
  • ½ C. butter
  • 1 C. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 2 ⅔ C. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ C. sour cream

Mix the shortening, butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla together, then add food coloring, if desired.

sour cream sugar cookies dough - Splendry

mixing dough - Sour Cream Sugar Cookie Recipe - Splendry

sour cream sugar cookies food coloring - Splendry

Next add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sour cream:

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies - Splendry recipe

Mix well.  Put in the fridge to cool and harden for about 30 min. for easier rolling and shaping.

sugar cookie dough - Sour Cream Sugar Cookies recipe - Splendry

Like mother, like son!


* I usually make a double batch of icing.

  • 1 T. melted butter
  • ¾ C. powdered sugar
  • 1 T. milk
  • ½ tsp. Vanilla
  • ¼ tsp. Lemon juice

Combine & beat until smooth.

sour cream sugar cookies icing - Splendry

Add food coloring, if desired.

Cookie Instructions

1. Line your baking sheet with wax paper for less mess.

2. Sprinkle some flour onto your surface and your rolling pin.

3. Roll out dough (you may also want to sprinkle a little flour on top of the dough to roll easier).

sour cream sugar cookies dough - Splendry

rolling out sugar cookie dough - Sour Cream Sugar Cookies - Splendry

*Heads up, this is dough can get sticky. After I get my first roll of dough to cut I put the bowl of unused dough back in the fridge until I’m ready for more.

4. Tap your cookie cutters in the flour then cut out your festive shapes.

cookie cutter - Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

cutting out cookies - Sour Cream Sugar Cookies - Splendry

5. Gently move to your baking sheet.

6. Bake at 425 degrees for 5 minutes.

7. Add icing, sprinkles, etc.

icing on Sour Cream Sugar Cookies - Splendry

Enjoy with your family!

cookies for Santa - Sour Cream Sugar Cookies - Splendry

Trying to save some cookies for Santa!

sour cream sugar cookies - Splendry

Originally published December 7, 2017

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Executive Director at Heartbeat for Hope
I was born and raised in Edmond, OK and love the town so much I stayed here to raise my family. I am blessed with a romantic, caring, talented husband & two awesome boys. I started my career life as a wedding coordinator, and I still love event planning! Now I am founder/director of Heartbeat for Hope, a non-profit supporting education and rural development in Ghana, Africa. I love my fabulous family, friends, movies, binge-watching crime dramas, and home projects whenever I can.

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