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Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

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
  • Makes
    about 4-1/2 dozen


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup 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 2% milk
  • Paste food coloring


  • In a large 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.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 3-in. heart-shaped cookie cutter.
  • 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.
  • For frosting, in a large 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.
Nutrition 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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  • Kathy
    Dec 22, 2020

    I'm in agreement with last reviewer -- no flavor, not a sugar cookie texture once baked. The raw dough has a good texture making it easy to roll out. After baking first batch I tried to put some flavor into the dough, added cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and more salt without success, but the squirrels loved them -- Happy Holidays to them.

  • Chalissa
    Dec 21, 2020

    Sour cream sugar cookies must have a cream cheese frosting!!! This is what makes the cookie taste great!

  • mrs._white
    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.

  • becrae
    Dec 18, 2014

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

  • dbhelle
    Mar 17, 2014

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

  • VictoriaElaine
    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!

  • sschedlbauer51
    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!

  • crumper
    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!

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    Feb 3, 2013

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    Dec 12, 2012

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