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Sour Cream Cookies Recipe

My melt-in-your-mouth sour cream cookie recipe is exactly the kind of cookie you love to make for your family. Full of flavor and just the right texture, these sour cream sugar cookies will brighten up any day and are perfect for after-school snacks, cookie jars, or special occasions.

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Everyone loves a Sour Cream Cookie or two!

Sink your teeth into the crispy exterior of this cookie and find a soft warm center. Satisfying without overwhelming, these cookies are perfect for any occasion and pair well with hot chocolate.

Why You’ll Love These Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

Soft and sweet. The dusting of sugar adds just the right amount of extra sweetness to these perfectly moist and tender cookies.

Fast and easy to make. Cookies can be in the oven in less than fifteen minutes.

Great for kids. This recipe is one your middle school and high school kids can make on their own, but even the smallest of your children can help make balls of dough and roll them in sugar with a little coaching from you. Have fun in the kitchen with your kids!

Ingredients For Your Sour Cream Cookies

Ingredients used to make a sour cream cookie recipe including shortening, sour cream, flour, sugar, egg, vanilla, baking soda, baking powder, eggs, vanilla extract, salt, and lemon extract. Hostess At Heart
  • All-Purpose Flour.
  • Baking Soda. The mix of both baking soda and baking powder helps these cookies rise perfectly and brown evenly.
  • Baking Powder.
  • Shortening.
  • Sugar.
  • Eggs.
  • Sour cream. It not only adds flavor but adds moisture and a soft and tender crumb.
  • Vanilla Extract.
  • Lemon Extract.
  • Salt.
  • Optional. Colored or decorative sugar.

Please note, that the printable recipe card has ingredient quantities, complete instructions, and nutritional information. The following is a quick overview of the recipe.

How To Make Sour Cream Cookie Recipe

Step 1: Prepare.

Preheat your oven before you start and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2: Mix the sour cream sugar cookie dough.

Mix the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix the remaining ingredients. Combine the wet and dry ingredients.

Step 3: Shape sour cream sugar cookies

Scoop out the batter and form it into balls. Place them on the cookie sheet and dust them with sugar. Press them slightly with a cup or fork.

Step 3: Bake your sour cream cookies.

Bake for 10 minutes. Remove immediately to a cooling rack to cool completely.

A stack of 3 sour cream sugar cookies sitting on a white plate - Hostess at Heart

Popular Substitutions & Additions

Cookies can be frosted to make them even more festive for the holidays or a special event. If you don’t want to add frosting, customize these cookies for any season or special event by changing up the color of sugar used or using sprinkles instead.

Add lemon extract for a lemon sugar cookie with sour cream.

I made these cookies small (1-inch” balls) like my butter cookies recipe. You could make them larger. Cooking time may vary by a minute or two.

Angled view of two cookies made from a sour cream cookie recipe sitting on a white plate. Hostess At Heart

How To Reheat & Store Sour Cream Cookies

Best Way To Store Sugar Cookies with Sour Cream Leftover

These cookies can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to one week.

Can I Freeze Sour Cream Sugar Cookies?

Unbaked cookies can be frozen for up to three months in an airtight container. Bake from frozen and add a few minutes to the time. Baked sourcream cookies can be frozen for up to six months in an airtight container. Thaw overnight at room temperature to eat the cookies.

How To Reheat a Sour Cream Sugar Cookie?

Ten seconds in the microwave will warm up your cookie perfectly.

Sour cream sugar cookies stacked on a white plate with a bite taken out of the top one. Hostess At Heart

Tips to Make the Best Sour Cream Cookies Ever

  • Measure your ingredients using the scoop and level technique for the flour and baking powder. This recipe is dependent on the ratio of butter to sugar to flour, so correct measurements must be used.
  • You want your butter and sugar to be light and fluffy but don’t over-mix it until it breaks down.
  • Press the tops of the cookies lightly until they start to resist. Pressing too hard will make the cookies crack on the edges.
  • Cookies don’t spread while baking, so you can bake up to 16 cookies on a baking sheet.
  • These cookies are small. Don’t overbake them. My cookies baked for only 9 minutes and weren’t browned when we removed them from the oven, but they had a crisp exterior. We also removed them from the pan and moved them to a cooling rack within a couple of minutes of when we took them out of the oven.
  • I put a little sugar on the cookie ball before flattening it so my measuring cup doesn’t stick to the batter. You could also use a fork or other flattened object.
  • Use a cookie scoop to get your cookies uniformly beautiful.
Top down view of Sugar cookies with sour cream sitting on a small white plate next to a cooking rack topped with bake cookies - Hostess At Heart

Sour Cream Sugar Cookie Recipe FAQs

How do I know when my cookies are done?

My cookies took 9 minutes. They appear set on the edges and will continue baking after removing them from the oven. Leave them on the pan for a couple of minutes and then transfer them to a cooling rack
to finish cooling.

Can I make these cookies in advance?

Yes. You can prepare the dough in advance and refrigerate it. Bake them when you’re ready.

Why do you put sour cream in sugar cookies?

Sour cream adds flavor and moisture and creates a soft and tender crumb.

I hope you enjoyed this delicious recipe as much as we do. Drop me a comment below, and don’t forget to give it a star rating. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. Your comments and ratings help others decide if this recipe is for them too.

Top down view of of two sugar-coated sour cream cookies on a plate - Hostess At Heart

Sour Cream Cookies Recipe

Author: Julie Menghini
Sink your teeth into a homemade melt-in-your-mouth sour cream cookie with a crispy exterior and a soft tender center.
4.84 from 12 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword: Drop Cookies, Sugar Cookies
Servings: 50 Cookies


Colored or decorative sugar is optional


    • Preheat the oven to 375 °F. Grease or line baking sheets with parchment paper
    • Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together.
    • In the bowl of an electric mixer, add the shortening, sugar, sour cream, vanilla extract, and lemon extract. Mix until light and fluffy, approximately 3 minutes.
    • With the mixer on low, spoon the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Blend until completely combined.
    • Using a 1½ tablespoon-sized scoop, scoop out the batter and roll it into balls. Place the balls on a prepared baking sheet until you have 12 on a sheet.
      Dust them lightly with white sugar. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, slightly flatten each ball. Sprinkle with additional white or decorative sugar.
    • Bake for 10 minutes. Remove immediately to a cooling rack to cool completely.


    I put a little sugar on the cookie ball before flattening it so my measuring cup doesn’t stick to the batter. You could also use a fork or other flattened object.


    Calories: 116kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 38mgPotassium: 37mgFiber: 1gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 38IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 1mg

    Nutritional Disclaimer

    This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

    Tried this recipe?Let me know how it was!

    This shortbread recipe is sweet and delicious but what’s even sweeter is that this recipe was made for the Sweetest Season Cookie cookie exchange event called the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer fundraiser.

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    Recipe Rating


    Thursday 15th of December 2022

    This was excellent! Soft and delicious. Thank you for a yummy cookie recipe!

    Julie Menghini

    Thursday 15th of December 2022

    Thank you, Minh!


    Wednesday 14th of December 2022

    Someone made these for a party and I wasn't sure about the sour cream in the name, but OMG. They are perfection.

    Julie Menghini

    Thursday 15th of December 2022

    Thank you, Susannah!


    Wednesday 14th of December 2022

    I love how simple yet flavorful these are. Delicious with a cup of tea!

    Julie Menghini

    Thursday 15th of December 2022

    They are! Thank you, Megan!


    Wednesday 14th of December 2022

    These cookies are a total dream! I love the use of sour cream in them and they taste exactly like the ones family friends made when I was a kid. SO good and so festive and fabulous for sharing.

    Thank you so much for participating in this year's Sweetest Season! I am always blown away with the recipes shared and the generosity of its participants. Thank you for making this event such a success. I hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year!

    Julie Menghini

    Thursday 15th of December 2022

    Thank you for helping with such a worthy cause!


    Tuesday 13th of December 2022

    That sour cream makes such a difference in the texture! So good!

    Julie Menghini

    Tuesday 13th of December 2022

    Thank you, Lynn! I agree.

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