Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

I have given this recipe to at least a dozen people. I absolutely love these cookies! I make about four batches for Christmas and freeze a few after they are cooked to enjoy later. Fluffy, delicious and easy to make!

There are plenty of occasions throughout the year that call for the perfect cut-out cookie. Whether it’s hearts for Valentine’s Day or Santas for Christmas, piping frosting onto some holiday-themed cookies is one of our all-time favorite pastimes. But it’s so often the case that those cookies that look so beautiful don’t taste quite as great. But never fear. That’s definitely not the case with these cookies. These cookies are soft and nearly cake-like and they’re just the kind of dependable sugar cookie you want to have in your back pocket.

This is the best sugar cookie recipe. I will always use this recipe for my holiday cut-outs. My only suggestion is to cut them out very close together, and don’t re-roll the scraps. The cookies from the scraps were not as tender as the first cut out ones. Great recipe!

Their secret is a little bit of sour cream mixed into the dough. It doesn’t really impart any tangy sour cream flavor, but it ensures that the cookies stay fluffy and soft as they bake, which means that when you go to take a bite out of this decorated cookie, your teeth sink into it instead of being met with a crunch.

I used this recipe last year frosting and all. This year I’ve changed the frosting (a fluffier one), but when I thought I’d lost the recipe I’d printed out a year ago (before I decided to become a member) I was in a panic as to WHERE I had gotten this recipe online. When I found it again today I was thrilled. These cookies are PERFECT.

While most of the time we just flavor these with vanilla extract, a little nutmeg around the winter holidays feels just right. It adds a subtle hint of holiday spice, and while it’s definitely not mandatory, we suggest you give it a try at least once. Likewise, when it comes to chilling this dough… it’s not a totally necessary step. It does help the cookies stay a bit fluffier, and definitely helps the dough be less sticky, but you can always skip that step if you’re in a sugar cookie time crunch!

I love these cookies. I didn’t find the dough hard to work with at all. It sets up very good in the fridge and is not sticky at all. I’ve made these three times now because I got so many compliments when giving them away for Valentines.


3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup butter, softened

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