Soft Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

01.28.2017

I never thought I needed another sugar cookie recipe, I’ve long loved my classic Frosted Sugar Cookies. But I wanted to try a sour cream version like my mom used to make and see if I’d like them as much, and I’m pretty sure it’s either a tie or I just may even like these Soft Sour Cream Sugar Cookies a little bit more. I know I can’t believe it, I’ve been making those other ones for nearly 5 years! I just love the bit of flavor and moisture the sour cream adds to these cookies. These are like a Lofthouse soft sugar cookie (without that nasty artificial flavor and aftertaste) and they most definitely will leave you craving another, and another… and another. Ask anyone in my family. I made four batches this week trying to perfect these and we quickly had to give most of them away because they are just 100% irresistable!

Soft Sugar Cookies

Soft Sugar Cookies

The other reason I wanted to make these cookies is because making sugar cookies around Valentines is a must for me. It’s basically a tradition, ever since I was little I always remember someone in my family (or myself) making soft, heart shape, frosted sugar cookies around Valentines Day so I just like to continue that. They’d be the perfect gift to make for a friend or loved one on Valentines day, forget cards and flowers just give someone a plateful of these and they’ll love you forever and ever :). Really these cookies are perfect for any of the 365 days of the year, you don’t need a reason to make these sweet, melt-in-your mouth, bites of bliss! We all just need a good treat sometimes so there’s not need to wait until Valentines day. But if you want a reason just call it a test batch.

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Soft Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

5 from 2 votes

Yield: About 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 1/3 cups (330g) all-purpose flour* (scoop and level top to measure)
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp (24g) cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (112g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup (120g) regular sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract

Frosting

  • 1/2 cup (112g) butter, softened (I recommend using 1/4 cup unsalted 1/4 cup salted)
  • 3 cups (360g) powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp half and half , then more as needed
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder baking soda and salt for 20 seconds, set aside. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream together butter and sugar until blended. Mix in egg then blend in sour cream, vanilla extract and almond extract. With mixer set on low speed slowly add in flour mixture and mix until combined. Divide dough into 2 fairly equal portions. Place each portion on a sheet of plastic wrap and shape each into a round disk about 6-inches. Wrap with plastic wrap and chill 1 1/2 - 2 hours until fairly firm for rolling. Preheat oven to 350 degrees during last 10 minutes of chilling.
  2. Dust a work surface with a fair amount of flour. Remove one portion of dough from refrigerator, remove from plastic wrap and transfer to floured surface. Dust top with flour, then using a rolling pin, roll out to a 1/4-inch thickness. Cut into rounds or hearts (note that this dough does puff up so I don't recommend using detailed cookie cutters). Transfer to an 18 by 13-inch baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Gather scraps and press together then re-roll dough and cut into shapes. Bake in preheated oven for 9 - 11 minutes until cookies are nearly set (you don't really want to under-bake these or they just taste doughy). Let cool several minutes on baking sheet then transfer to a wire rack to cool (after about 5 minutes of cooling on a wire rack I transfer to an airtight container to finish cooling to seal in moisture). Repeat process with remaining dough in refrigerator. Once cookies are cool frost with the vanilla frosting and store in an airtight container.
  3. For the frosting:
  4. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer (or in a mixing bowl using an electric hand mixer) blend together butter, powdered sugar, half and half and vanilla until well combined and fluffy, while adding in a little more half and half as needed 1 tsp at a time to thin. Keep covered until ready to use.
  5. *To measure flour scoop flour with a measuring cup and sweep top using a butter knife. If you are in high humidity you may need to fold in a couple more tablespoons of flour at the end if the dough is super sticky.
  6. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

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37 comments

  • Corinne P: Can I just use milk instead of half and half for the icing? March 22, 2018 at 7:21am Reply

  • Kimberly Spurgeon: So good!! Thank you for sharing this recipe with us. February 19, 2018 at 11:04am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re very welcome! Thanks for the thanks :). So glad you liked them Kimberley! February 19, 2018 at 11:56am Reply

  • Jen: Can I freeze these cookies for later use (about a month later) – and should I do so with, or without the frosting?
    Also, I would love to put these in little treat bags – will the frosting set so that the presentation still looks nice? January 24, 2018 at 6:35pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I would probably frost after freezing.
      And the frosting doesn’t set and harden. It does kind of develop and outer crust but the frosting will remaining soft. Hope you enjoy! January 28, 2018 at 12:02pm Reply

  • Sandra York: We made this for Valentines Day. We used our regular cake decorating icing, as we did designs and wrote on them with the icing. This is now my go to recipe!! I have loved my old recipe and used it over 20 years, but this is now my favorite. 3 days later, they were STILL soft!! They are better than the Lofthouse cookies, which one of my girls LOVES> February 15, 2017 at 12:35pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you love them Sandra! February 16, 2017 at 12:32pm Reply

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