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Sour Cream Sugar Cookies Recipe

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies Recipe

I make these cookies for my family and our neighbors every Valentine’s Day. The heart-shaped treats stay soft for at least a week, and they look so pretty frosted bright pink and then piped with lacy frosting.—Carolyn Walton, Smoot, Wyoming
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 70 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:55 servings


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 9 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2/3 to 3/4 cup milk
  • Paste food coloring


  • 1. In a large mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, sour cream and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  • 2. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 3-in. heart-shaped cookie cutter.
  • 3. Place 1 in. apart on baking sheets lightly coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until set. Cool for 1 minute before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 4. For frosting, in a large mixing bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy. Beat in confectioners' sugar and vanilla. Add enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Tint with food coloring. Decorate cookies as desired. Yield: about 4-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 197 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 84mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1-1/2 fat.

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Reviewed Dec. 3, 2016

"These cookies had no flavor. My husband said they tasted like cardboard. I threw out the ones I made and the rest of the dough. That said, the recipe was super easy and I had no trouble with rolling them out."

Reviewed Dec. 18, 2014

"I added cinnamon and nutmeg came out fantastic everyone loved them I also added more flour when rolling them out"

Reviewed Mar. 17, 2014

"I added a small bag of coconut, then frosted them with a lime flavoured icing. Everyone loved them."

Reviewed Feb. 19, 2014

"I added an extra 1/2 cup of flour to the dough & refrigerated it overnight. The dough rolled out perfectly & the cookies did not stick to the countertops. Even better, the baked cookies stayed fresh tasting for 5 days - I just stored them in a container on the counter. I do agree with other reviewers that they are a little plain tasting without frosting, so next time I will try substituting butter or butter flavored crisco. Otherwise, they are perfect!"

Reviewed Feb. 9, 2014

"The dough was easy to roll out and the cookies were not too sweet when frosted. A good cookie to frost. I'd definitely make them again!"

Reviewed Feb. 8, 2014

"These were so easy to make. I did not even wait an hour to start rolling them out and they worked just fine. This probably wouldn't be the recipe I'd use for just sugar cookies with no icing, however, I liked the taste if these without icing. I think it is just personal was a great recipe!"

Reviewed May. 13, 2012

"The recipe it self needs more flour...and then becasue you add more flour you need about 1 1/2 cups of sugar. if you wanted it more of a sugar cookie like sweetness than 1 3/4 cup.....but even after the 1 hr of chilling it still was a little soft so we had to add even MORE flour....but it still comes out fine! :)"

Reviewed Dec. 17, 2011

"Absolutely LOVED this recipe...I used butter flavored shortning though. It made all the difference!

Happy baking!

Reviewed Mar. 17, 2011

"Excellent cookies!!! My kids and I made these for St. Patrick's Day and they turned out Fantastic! The dough was easy to make and it rolled out nicely. Soft and moist when baked. I altered the recipe just a little, instead of using the 1 1/2 tsp of vanilla, I used 1 tsp. of vanilla and 1/2 tsp. of lemon extract. This recipe is definitely a keeper! Thanks for sharing!"

Reviewed Feb. 14, 2011

"I used Crisco sticks for shortening and the cookie dough came out just fine. But the taste of these cookies was very bland. I even used a quarter cup more sugar because of the reviews, but it didn't help. I didn't frost them, but used sugar sprinkles before baking. Still weren't very tasty. I won't make them again."

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