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Sour Cream Drops

MY MOTHER is an excellent baker, and this is her recipe. Whether Mom makes these cookies or I do, they always disappear quickly. Friends rave about them and often ask me to bring them to get-togethers. My young children enjoy all kinds of cookies, but these are their favorites. -Tracy Betzler, Reston, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    2-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • FROSTING:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons hot water

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in the egg, sour cream and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Chill for at least 1 hour.
  • Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 425° for 7-8 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • For frosting, melt butter in a saucepan until golden brown; stir in confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough water to reach a spreading consistency. Frost cooled cookies.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 80 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 44mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Elizabeth
    Jun 29, 2019

    These cookies are wonderful it brings back great memories my mother passed away 25 years ago and she made these cookies which everyone loved so thank you it brings back happy memories for me .

  • troykelly
    Jan 5, 2014

    These are wonderful cookies. They have a cake-like texture, soft , nice and delicious. The icing make them even more irresistable. Very highly recommended!!

  • chipndaisy
    Nov 17, 2011

    These cookies are great! Very nice texture, and the frosting is just right--not too sweet. Very easy to make. These are my son's favorite cookie, and he is a picky eater. I doubled the ingredients for the frosting so that there was enough for all the cookies. I will make this recipe again.

  • Viviant73
    Oct 10, 2011

    The first time I made these cookies my husband thought they looked like buttered biscuits. He kept asking me where the cookies where. After I went over and pointed them out he tasted them. Between him and my 2 children none where left for friends. They are very good. I make them several times a year and always get requests.

  • jblondie06
    Apr 6, 2011

    No comment left

  • skyburke
    Dec 30, 2010

    yummy!

  • SKTerpstra
    Nov 2, 2010

    Use a generous portion of baking soda and powder. Refridgeration is not needed before baking if all of the flour mixture is added at once. Must double or triple the icing recipe to get the generous portions shown in model picture. Otherwise fast & easy to make.

  • mckmuff
    Oct 26, 2010

    These cookies (when made correctly) are delicious and addicting!!! I had to substitute the shortening with butter, because I didn't have any on hand. I will be making these cookies over and over again!

  • september26
    Sep 6, 2010

    Would prefer to use butter and not shortening. I don't like trans fats.

  • Fuddge
    Sep 3, 2010

    VERY GOOD. I ADDED 1 TSP. NUTMEG. ILOVE NUTMEG AND ALWAYS ADD IT TO THIS TYPE OF COOKIE. I ALSO ADDED POWDERED SUGAR TO THE CONSISTENCY I LIKED FOR THIS FROSTING. MY GRAND KIDS LOVED THEM.