a couple of Sour Cream Cookies on a white plate.
Sour Cream Cookies are rich, soft, and cake-like treats that taste delicious when topped with buttercream. Easy to make and fun to decorate with kids!
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Sour Cream Cookies are rich, soft, buttery, with a creamy, cake-like texture. Delicious on their own but even better when decorated with buttercream frosting!

a couple of Sour Cream Cookies on a cooling rack.


Sour Cream Drop Cookies

Our old-fashioned Sour Cream Cookies recipe is so easy to make and bakes a big batch in just 10-12 minutes.

Almost like a soft sugar cookie recipe where you don’t cut out the dough but rather drop it by the spoonful, these sour cream sugar cookies bake up fluffy instead of flat!

These soft and pillowy cookies have a mild, slightly sweet flavor, so they’re meant to be frosted with buttercream and decorated with sprinkles. However, they are definitely delicious without looking fancy, because sometimes plain is just perfect!

  • Quick and easy to make.
  • Uses a handful of simple ingredients.
  • Cookies made with sour cream and butter have a creamy texture with golden, slightly crisp edges.
  • Fun to decorate with kids using your favorite colored frosting and sprinkles.
  • No need to refrigerate the batter before baking.
  • Perfect for holidays, parties, cookie exchanges, or dessert platters.

Sour Cream Cookies Ingredients

Sour Cream Cookies ingredients.
  • Unsalted butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • Egg
  • Full-fat sour cream
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Buttercream frosting: You can use a homemade frosting or any store bought brand.
  • Gel food coloring
  • Sprinkles

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

Substitutions and Additions

  • Fill With Flavor: Feel free to try lemon zest or almond extract as an alternative to vanilla extract. You can also use a spiced buttercream frosting for fall.
  • Customize Your Colors: I love adding gel food coloring to the buttercream to create festive colors. Pastel colors are pretty for Mother’s Day and Easter; red or pink is perfect for Valentine’s Day; green is great for St. Patrick’s Day or Christmas.
bitten Sour Cream Cookies stacked on top of other cookies on the table.

How to Make Sour Cream Cookies

  1. Make The Wet Mixture: Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg, mix, and then mix in the sour cream and vanilla extract.
  2. Create The Cookie Dough: Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix to combine.
  3. Bake: Drop cookie dough balls onto baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches between each. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden.
  4. Cool And Coat: Cool completely before covering with buttercream and sprinkles. Enjoy!
Drop the cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake until the edges are golden. Spread the buttercream and garnish with sprinkles.

Tips For Making The Best Sour Cream Cookies

  • Make sure your butter is softened to room temperature before beating.
  • Do not overmix the cookie dough, or you will lose the beautiful, light, cakey cookie texture and have a tough cookie instead.
  • Do not overbake the cookies; they should be slightly golden on the edges.
  • I like lining my baking sheets with parchment paper for easy cleanup and removal of cookies.
  • Make sure your cookies are completely cooled before frosting or the frosting may melt off.

How to Store Sour Cream Cookies

  • To Store: Store leftover cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • To Freeze: Bake and freeze your cookies for up to 3 months without the frosting. Completely thaw before adding the buttercream.
hand holding a Sour Cream Cookies with buttercream.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make my own frosting?

Yes, making your own frosting is very easy. Beat together cream cheese and butter until light, fluffy, and no lumps remain. Add powdered sugar and beat until thickened. My Carrot Cake Cupcakes and Fireball Cookies are topped with this cream cheese frosting–it tastes delicious!

Can I freeze the cookie dough before baking?

Yes, you can prepare the cookie dough in advance and freeze it before baking. Scoop the dough into balls and freeze them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Once frozen, you can place the cookie dough balls in a freezer bag or container and freeze until ready to bake. Bake the cookie dough balls from frozen, but add a few extra minutes to the cooking time.

Why use sour cream in cookies?

The extra fat content and creamy texture of sour cream make these cookies more moist than if you used milk; similar to making chocolate chip cookies without egg whites and using extra egg yolks, more fat means more tender. Sour cream also adds a cake-like, velvety texture to baked goods.

sour cream cookies stacked on top of white table.

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a couple of Sour Cream Cookies on a white plate.

Sour Cream Cookies

Serves — 24
Sour Cream Cookies are rich, soft, and cake-like treats that taste delicious when topped with buttercream. Easy to make and fun to decorate with kids!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 2 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup full-fat sour cream
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttercream frosting homemade or storebought
  • Gel food coloring for tinting buttercream
  • Sprinkles

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
    ½ cup unsalted butter, 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Add the egg and mix until well combined.
    1 egg
  • Mix in the sour cream, and vanilla extract.
    ½ cup full-fat sour cream, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
    2 cups all-purpose flour, ½ teaspoon baking powder, ¼ teaspoon baking soda, ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing just until combined.
  • Drop the cookie dough by rounded tablespoons or a small cookie scoop onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches between each cookie.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Allow them to cool for 30 minutes and then spread them with buttercream and garnish with sprinkles.
    1 cup buttercream frosting, Gel food coloring for tinting buttercream, Sprinkles

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
  • To Store: Store leftover cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • To Freeze: Bake and freeze your cookies for up to 3 months without the frosting. Completely thaw before adding the buttercream.
Tips:
  • Make sure your butter is softened to room temperature before beating.
  • Do not overmix the cookie dough or you will lose the beautiful light cakey cookie texture and have a tough cookie instead.
  • Do not overbake the cookies; they should just be slightly golden on the edges.
  • I like to line my baking sheets with parchment paper for easy clean up and cookie removal.
  • Make sure your cookies are completely cooled before frosting or the frosting may melt off.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 58mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 158IU | Vitamin C: 0.04mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
Jennifer Fishkind

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Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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