Sour Cream Cut Out Cookies

Sour Cream Cut Out Cookies | Anecdotes and Apple Cores

Both my mom and my sister called me last week to ask for this recipe. “It’s on my blog,” I said. They both called back five minutes later. I was wrong. And so I knew that I couldn’t wait another week to share one of my most requested recipes. So here you are, friends and family! The Sour Cream Cut Out.

These cut out cookies are a holiday classic. Perfect for dunking into a mug of hot chocolate or for sitting beside a cup of coffee. Just waiting to be slathered in a rich white frosting, these cookies hold their shape incredibly well. And the dough? It’s a JOY to roll this dough out on your kitchen counter. (I advise chilling the dough for thirty minutes before rolling, but I almost always run out of time…and I never have had a problem with sticking).

Sour Cream Cut Out Cookies | Anecdotes and Apple Cores

One cup of sugar for every six cups of flour means that your cookies won’t be overly sweet. The sugar-overload can come from your frosting. My mom (who isn’t a big fan of saccharine desserts) actually prefers these sour cream cut outs WITHOUT. The cake-like cookie is just sweet enough for her. But if you’re like the rest of us, a light (or thick) slathering of royal icing makes these cut-outs even better.

And what about the key ingredient? Sour cream makes these cookies unbelievably soft…and adds just the slightest hint of tang. I’m tempted to try these with full fat Greek yogurt one year. I imagine the cookies would turn out well. Let me know if you give it a try!

Sour Cream Cut Out Cookies | Anecdotes and Apple Cores

We made a big batch of these for our first annual cookie exchange. We swapped cookies with old and new friends on Saturday night. Lucy delighted in being passed from person to person, and I think we were all impressed with our array of baked treats.

I hope everyone has a blessed Christmas week. I’ll be sharing a new weekly segment on Thursday…so be sure to stop by!



Sour Cream Cut Out Cookies

2 sticks butter (softened to room temperature)

1 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 cup sour cream

1-2 tsp vanilla or almond extract

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 salt

6 cups sifted cake flour (all-purpose flour works if you’re in a pinch)

Using a stand mixer, cream together your butter and sugar until smooth (2-3 minutes).  Add in one egg at a time, mixing well after each addition.  Stir in the sour cream and vanilla and beat until smooth and well-combined.
Whisk together your dry ingredients in a separate bowl.  Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture to form a dough that is stiff enough to roll out.  (You may need to add more or less flour). Refrigerate your dough for 30 minutes before rolling out.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.  Roll out your dough to 1/4 inch thickness on a well-floured surface.  Cut into shapes of all sizes and varieties!  Place on an parchment lined cookie sheet and bake in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes.

39 thoughts on “Sour Cream Cut Out Cookies

  1. Ashley

    I love the sound of these cut out cookies Monet! I bet they are amazing with the sour cream! And that is one awesome table of baked goodies : ) I hope that you and your family have a wonderful holiday!!

  2. laurasmess

    Yum, these look gorgeous Monet! Re ‘it’s on my blog’, haha… I’ve done exactly the same thing! It’s funny how we often assume things that we make by default must be in the archive. Glad that you’ve now shared these with the world though! Wishing you and your family a beautiful festive season, Merry Christmas for tomorrow (Aussie time, it’s Christmas eve already!) xx

  3. katie

    WOW–these sound awesome. I’ve yet to make ANY cookies (sigh). I think I have all the ingredients to make these… they sound delicious!

  4. Eileen

    Ooh, these might need to happen! Who cares if I already have six or seven kinds of cookie in the house? :) Sour cream always, always makes baked goods so much better.

  5. Josefine {The Smoothie Lover}

    These cookies really look good. I often find it hard to roll out dough, so I’m so happy to know a recipe on cookies, which are easier to roll out.
    The cookie exchange sounds like a great idea. I wish we did something like that in Denmark.
    Merry Christmas!

  6. Louise

    Hi Monet,

    Just dropping by from Velva’s to wish you a Merry Christmas. Looks like I have perfect timing because those cookies of yours look picture perfect:) And that cookie swap, oh my word. I’d be tempted to try this recipe with full fat Greek yogurt too, I’ve done swaps in other recipes and have never been disappointed. Thank you so much for sharing. Have a wonderful Holiday, Louise

  7. Velva

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    The cookies look divine. I love these style of cookies any time of year. There would be no way I could stop at just one.


  8. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles

    Monet, my son made your delicious cookies today! Here he is: “I can’t believe how many cookies I can create out of this dough, we can create about 100 (it should keep us going for about 2 days :) ) – thank you so much for the delicious recipe. By the way, we made a lemon icing sugar mix for the top of the cookies which added some fresh flavour. The entire family loved them” xo

  9. Jessie

    I’ve done that before! I’ve sworn a recipe was on my website and then been dismayed when it wasn’t there (usually right before I need to make it). I’m glad you shared these cookies! Sour cream makes such a great addition for a layer of tangy flavor :)

    Happy holidays to you and your family, Monet! That last picture is so sweet :)

  10. Eileen

    Nothing beats a sugar cookie made with sour cream and your’s are as cute as a button. I love it when my daughter calls asking for a recipe of mine and I can say “it’s on my blog” because it saves so much time digging for it and copying it. Monet, I hope you, Ryan, and little Lucy have a wonder Christmas!

  11. Monica

    These cookies look amazing, Monet! I love nonpareil sprinkles so that always captures my heart. Every year, I toy with having a cookie exchange and never do. I’m so glad you had one and had a great time…it’s truly amazing all you accomplish even with a baby! I wish you and your family all the best for a happy, healthy, loving 2014!

  12. Kelly

    These cookies look wonderful Monet! I love how thick and pretty they look with the frosting – perfect for a cookie exchange. Hope you had a wonderful holiday with your family and wishing you all an amazing 2014!

  13. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Yay, so glad to know that somebody elses’ family cookie recipe includes sour cream :) When I was a kid, my friends all thought it was gross/strange when they found out the secret ingredient of my mom’s cookies, but who cares when the cookies taste as great as they do? I blogged about my family recipe a few weeks ago :)

  14. Paula

    Hi Monet!!
    I hope you have had a wonderful holidays with your lovely family.
    Thanks for sharing your recipe, but I have one doubt: could you please tell me how much butter do I have to use? That is because I dont know what does 2 sticks means.
    Thank you very much!!!!
    Paula from Chile

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