Christmas Cookies: Big Soft Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

This is a simple recipe for a simple sugar cookie. These Sour Cream Sugar Cookies are soft and keep amazingly well in an airtight container. At Christmastime we always make a big batch and leave them unfrosted until we’re ready to eat them. We do usually decorate a large platter for guests and always leave some for Santa on Christmas Eve.

To frost them, I use a thin coat of canned whipped frosting that I color with gel food coloring, any icing you like may be used though. I found this recipe in an old Woman’s Day magazine at my Gramma’s house years and years ago and I’ve never made another sugar cookie recipe since. 

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Big Soft Sour Cream Sugar Cookies
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Soft and with just enough sweetness, these tangy Christmas sugar cookies are fun to decorate with the kids!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 72
  • 6½ c all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1½ c butter, softened
  • 2½ c sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ c sour cream, heaping ( so in actuality it's more like ⅔ of a cup)
  • 3 tsp pure vanilla extract
  1. Combine flour, soda and salt in bowl and set aside.
  2. In bowl of electric mixer, combine butter and sugar, beat until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in eggs one at a time then sour cream and vanilla.
  4. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture and beat just until blended.
  5. Dough should be fairly stiff.
  6. Divide dough into quarters and flatten. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill overnight.
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  8. On lightly floured surface, roll dough to ½" thickness. Use large 2 - 3" cutters to cut out shapes. Or, trace around rim of drinking glass for ornament shapes.
  9. Bake cookies 2" apart on parchment-lined sheets, in preheated oven, for 8 - 10 minutes, until edges are just starting to color.
  10. Cool cookies and store in airtight container up to 1½ weeks.
  11. Decorate before serving.

 I found an old photo from 2007 of the kids decorating their cookies! I love doing this with them every year!


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  1. 1

    Oh these sound yummy! I bet my kids would love to try to make these together. What fun!

  2. 2

    Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy – these sound AWESOME!!

  3. 3

    I love making sugar cookies and do every year for Christmas but I’ve never added sour cream to them. I imagine that adds a little extra zing to counter the sweetness and makes them even softer!

  4. 5

    I love sugar cookies! We do them often but I haven’t tried sour cream yet. Will try this out on weekend.

    Thanks :)

  5. 6

    YUM! We decorate cookies every year too but I’m lazy and buy them from the store. I’m sure yours taste much better so I will try them this year!

  6. 7

    I bookmarked it for this weekend. We did one batch of cookies, but we’re ready for round two!

    Love the older pic. We have some of those around too, and they’re some of my favorites. :)

  7. 8

    Hi Henrietta ,
    These Sound Yummy..!
    Cream Sugar Cookies are really adorable.
    I love Christmas Cookies its my Favorite.
    Thaks For Sharing…


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