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Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

sour cream cookies

Sometimes the simplest treats are the most satisfying.  Don’t get me wrong, I am the chocolate, caramel-covered, over-the-top dessert gal, but sometimes you just need a no fuss, no muss cookie like this one.

These aren’t just sugar cookies. These are THE sugar cookies.  This is my great-grandma’s recipe.  I’ve been eating these cookies since I learned to walk.  These are probably my dad’s favorite cookies.  And wherever they go, they’re always a hit.

Throw away everything you know about sugar cookies, because these aren’t like any you’ve had before. Most sugar cookies are chewy or crispy with a crackle top. These are a whole other animal.  Since they’re made with shortening and sour cream you get a very cakey texture. They’re basically like a cross between a cake and a cookie. They stay very lightly colored even when they’re done, with a nice golden brown bottom.  Mmm, I can taste them now.

sour cream cookies

I love the lightly sweet sugar cookie taste these have.  It’s a very delicate flavor, probably because it’s from back in the days when you didn’t have money for unnecessary glitz and glam in your desserts.  That went into more important things.

The nice thing about that gentle flavor?  You can eat about six of these suckers right in a row. 😉  And because of that cakey texture of course you’ll have a nice, big glass of milk to dunk these into.  Now, I’m not saying that milk is required, but if you eat these without it I’m shaking my head at you. 😄


sour cream cookies

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies
  • ¾ cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • A pinch of baking powder
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the shortening and sugar. Add in the eggs, sour cream and vanilla, and beat until incorporated.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until blended.
  4. Allow the dough to cool in the fridge for half an hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  6. Lightly cover your work surface with flour and roll out the cookie dough to about ¼ inch thick.
  7. With a round cookie cutter or a glass, cut out the cookies and place them a few inches apart on your prepared sheet.
  8. Bake for 8-11 minutes, depending on your cookie cutter size. Cookies are done when they are lightly brown around the edges and golden brown on the bottom.


{ 18 comments… add one }
  • Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks July 19, 2016, 9:16 am

    I do love a good sugar cookie! You just can’t go wrong with grandma’s classics! Pinned!

    • Amanda July 22, 2016, 11:49 am

      Aww, thanks so much, Rachelle!

  • Annie @ The Garlic Diaries July 19, 2016, 2:15 pm

    These cookies are making me drool!! I want one (or ten) RIGHT now!

    • Amanda July 22, 2016, 11:50 am

      Thank you so much, Annie!

  • Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry July 19, 2016, 5:09 pm

    I can’t pass up a good old fashion sugar cookie.

    • Amanda July 22, 2016, 11:50 am

      Thanks, Nicole. They just feel like home, don’t they? 🙂

  • Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop July 19, 2016, 9:24 pm

    I agree…there’s nothing better than a classic sugar cookie! They are so delicious just in their simplicity!

    • Amanda July 22, 2016, 11:50 am

      My thoughts exactly, Kathy! Thank you!

  • Cakespy July 20, 2016, 5:57 am

    Put sour cream in a baked good and it’s instantly like crack to me. These look classic.

    • Amanda July 22, 2016, 11:51 am

      Oh my gosh, I know just what you mean. Sour cream has magical properties, I swear. Thank you!

  • Karen @ T July 20, 2016, 12:13 pm

    Ooh sour cream and shortening! They must be so soft! Yum!

    • Amanda July 22, 2016, 11:52 am

      Thank you, Karen! SUPER soft. I have to control myself when I eat them. 🙂

  • Kate @ Framed Cooks July 21, 2016, 6:26 am

    There is nothing quite as wonderful and satisfying as a warm sugar cookie – very intrigued by the sour cream angle!

    • Amanda July 22, 2016, 11:53 am

      Thank you, Kate!

  • Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kithcen July 21, 2016, 10:47 am

    These look INCREDIBLY delish! I love a good sugar cookie and they are speaking to me. Loved the idea of adding sour cream! Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Amanda July 22, 2016, 11:53 am

      Thanks, Anu! They speak to me a lot too. Too much, probably. 🙂 Have a fantastic weekend!

  • Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary July 21, 2016, 2:06 pm

    I actually prefer less fussy desserts, and cookies are my jam! So you can bet I am loving these!! So sweet that these sugar cookies are your great-grandma’s recipe! I actually prefer a cakey sugar cookie, so clearly your great grandma knew a thing or too about sugar cookies!! These look perfect! Cheers, girlie!

    • Amanda July 22, 2016, 11:54 am

      Oh my gosh, if you like cakey cookies these are for you. They just soak up that milk. It’s addictive. Thanks so much, Cheyanne!

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