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Classic Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

These Classic Sour Cream Sugar Cookies are the perfect old fashioned treat! With simple instructions for the perfect soft & chewy sugar cookies every time!
Course Baking, Dessert
Cuisine American, Baking, Comfort Food, Cookies, Dessert
Keyword Classic Sour Cream Sugar Cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
chilling time 2 hours
Servings 40 cookies
Calories 225kcal
Author Chrissie (thebusybaker.ca)


For the cookies:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the frosting:

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar plus 1/2 cup, if needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons heavy cream plus 2 teaspoons, if needed
  • food colouring and sprinkles, if desired


For the cookies:

  • In the bowl of your stand mixer or in a large bowl using your hand mixer, mix the butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy.
  • Add the sugar and mix on medium-high until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, mixing on medium speed until well incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl after each addition.
  • Add the sour cream and vanilla and mix on low speed until combined.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix on low speed until a soft dough forms.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill the dough for at least 2 hours. Ideally, overnight is best.
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit after the dough has chilled sufficiently.
  • Scrape the dough out onto a well floured surface and roll it out until it's about 1/2 inch thick. Be sure to flour your surface well, along with your hands and your rolling pin to prevent sticking.
  • Flour a heart-shaped cookie cutter (or any shape you wish) and cut out the cookies, placing them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. This recipe makes about 3 dozen cookies, so repeat this rolling out process until all the cookies have been cut.
  • Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 7-9 minutes, or just until the cookies lose their shine on top and appear slightly puffy.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven and let cool on the baking pans for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the frosting:

  • Whip the butter on high speed until fluffy.
  • Add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time and mix on medium speed until incorporated. Add the extra 1/2 cup of powdered sugar if your frosting seems too fluid. This will depend on the texture of the butter you used.
  • Add the heavy cream and mix on medium speed until well incorporated, adding the additional heavy cream if needed to reach a spreadable consistency.
  • Colour your frosting with food colouring if desired, spread onto the completely cooled cookies with a butter knife or offset spatula, and top with sprinkles! 



Store these cookies in an airtight container for up to 4 days, with sheets of wax or parchment paper between the layers to prevent the cookies from sticking.
These cookies freeze well before they're frosted, so feel free to make the cookies ahead of time and freeze them, thawing and frosting them right before serving.
This recipe makes between 3 and 4 dozen cookies, depending on the size you make them. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 53mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 305IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg