Super Soft Sour Cream Sugar Cookies with Buttercream Frosting

by Mindy on October 21, 2010

These really are the yummiest sugar cookies… soft, puffy and delicious!  I made them today and frosted them with my activity day girls tonight.  Then we played at the “Halloween Phantom”(Erin posted about this HERE) and ran around the neighborhood leaving plates of cookies on doorsteps.  I left a few cookies at home to take pictures of for this post… but between a dropped plate of cookies that needed to be replaced before being left on a doorstep, cookie munching little girls, and a hungry husband…there were only three cookies left when I got home.  But a cookie that doesn’t linger around the house is the mark of a good cookie, right?  Hope you enjoy them as much as we did!  Thanks to Debbie Fetzer, a friend from our childhood neighborhood, for the recipe.

Super Soft Sour Cream 
Sugar Cookies 
Submitted by Mindy
Printable Recipe

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup sour cream
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
4 cups flour

Buttercream Frosting:
4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups butter

Cream together softened butter with sugar, sour cream and eggs.  Add vanilla, almond extract, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg.  Slowly add flour, 1 cup at a time.  Dough should be sticky.  Refrigerate one hour.  Knead dough on floured board.  Roll out and cut with cookie cutters.  Bake for 9 to 12 minutes at 350.  Frost with Buttercream Frosting.

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Judd & Liz October 21, 2010 at 1:34 pm

I seriously LOVE this recipe! The cookies really are amazing… And also, I'm with activity girls too! :) And we totally did this activity last week.. well minus the amazing cookies! ;)


2 Amber October 21, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Sound like a delicious recipe! I'll have to try it ASAP.


3 Brittany October 21, 2010 at 3:35 pm

yum mindy! I tried some sour cream sugar cookies recently…I'm excited to try this recipe out. It looks and sounds fantastic! What a fun activity too!!


4 Bonnie October 21, 2010 at 4:40 pm

I have loved and made this same recipe for several years! Thanks for posting it. I love the addition of the little it of nutmeg. I love your blog and have used so many of your recipes. Thanks again for sharing!!


5 Erin @ The Sisters Cafe October 21, 2010 at 6:44 pm

How fun! I'm so glad that you had fun doing the Halloween Phantom with your activity-day girls! :) These look yummy! and cute too!


6 Kelly October 21, 2010 at 6:46 pm

I love your blog!
But I"m so curious to know how you get your recipes into a printable format? I would like to do this on my own recipe blog and don't know how. Would you share your information with me, please, oh, please?
Really love being able to print out your yummy recipes!


7 Lynda October 21, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Sugar cookies are my weakness-wish I lived in your neighborhood! I've done the same thing during the Christmas holidays of delivering goodies to my neighbors. Such fun!


8 ..... October 21, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Yum! Looks so good.


9 Mindy October 21, 2010 at 11:55 pm

Hi Kelly,

I'm so glad you like our blog! I tried to look at yours, too, but when I clicked on your profile it didn't come up. You'll have to let me know so I can check it out. :)

We just use google documents, which are then published to the web. Then we link to them for our printable recipes. Send me an email at [email protected] and I'll explain better if you want.



10 Melanie October 23, 2010 at 1:13 am

I looooooooooooove sour cream sugar cookies! I will definitely try this recipe soon!


11 Melanie Anne October 23, 2010 at 3:03 am

Mmm I too LOVE sour cream sugar cookies. I am so glad that you shared this recipe. I have been wanting to find a good all buter recipe Thanks! I think I will make these this weekend with the boys:)


12 Anonymous October 26, 2010 at 2:41 pm

How long so I knead the dough?


13 Mindy October 26, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Dear Anonymous,

I only knead the dough a couple of times to make sure it is one mass of cookie dough, then I roll it out.

Melanie's comment made me realize something, too. I just looked over the ingredients and realized I forgot one! There is supposed to be 1/2 cup of shortening, as well, I think. I am working today until 9pm, but I will double check that when I get home tonight and then update the recipe. Sorry!!!



14 Swa October 27, 2010 at 1:19 am

These are fabulous! no need for the 1/2 cup shortening in the cookie recipe, I made it as is and they are the best sugar cookies i've ever had. The frosting was a little much for me though, way too much butter & shortening, but others might like it


15 Anonymous October 27, 2010 at 3:53 am

I was looking for the softest sugar cookie recipe and this definitely was it! The whole family loved them! Thanks!


16 Mindy October 27, 2010 at 4:11 am

Ok everyone… FALSE ALARM! :) There is NO shortening in the cookie recipe. I was just thinking of the shortening in the frosting.

Swa and anonymous, I'm glad you liked the sugar cookies. They are my favorite sugar cookie recipe, too!


17 Natalie October 28, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Making these tonight with kids. Did you add food coloring to frosting for that orange color? Would like to try other colors too. Thanks!


18 Mindy October 28, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Hi Natalie,

I did add food coloring drops to make the orange frosting. I used red and yellow to make orange, but it kind of took a lot of drops. If I would have had time, I would have stopped and bought the food coloring paste. You need way less and it works better. You can buy the paste at some grocery stores and almost all craft type stores.

Have fun!



19 Anonymous November 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm

How many cookies should this make? How flat should it roll out to?


20 Sheila Wilkerson - EzScrapbooks November 2, 2010 at 3:10 am

I learned a few tips to help roll out sugar cookies: 1) roll them out in powdered sugar rather than flour so they don't get so full of flour and 2) put enough dough in a 1 gallon zipper bag so that when you flatten it out it fills the corners and is your desired thickness. You can then cut up the sides of the bag and cut your shapes. You can refrigerate or freeze dough in the bags to use later (kind of like your own pillsbury ready-to-bake dough, only better). Hope that makes sense. I haven't made your recipe yet, but I plan to soon.


21 Mindy November 2, 2010 at 5:20 pm


I am loving your ziploc idea! I have never thought to freeze sugar cookie dough. I am excited to try it.


I would roll out the dough to a thickness that you like… it will puff up a little while baking, so roll it out a little thinner than you would like the actual cookie to be. I roll mine out between 1/4 and 1/3 in, but sometimes a smidge thicker for my husband because he likes the thick, thick sugar cookies. Obviously, the number of sugar cookies depends on how thick you roll them out and how big of shapes you are cutting out. I think with my halloween cookie cutters this recipe made approximately 35 cookies?

Hope that helps!



22 Megan July 4, 2012 at 6:10 pm

I love sugar cookies. They are my favorite. After using the same recipe for years, my sister and I wanted to find our “go to” recipe. This is my favorite so far. And I think I will stop now. These cookies were so soft and yummy, yet they didn’t fall apart when you pick them up. I still use my favorite frosting that has whipping cream instead of milk….whipping cream really gives a smooth,silky texture. Anyway….love these cookies and will make them often!


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