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Chocolate Sour Cream Cookies

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If soft chocolate cookies with a light not too sweet finish are what you are after, these chocolate sour cream cookies are for you. Dress them up with a little buttercream frosting for an extra special treat.

Platter of round chocolate sour cream cookies topped with buttercream rosettes and flowers.

Sour cream cookies are already so soft and delicious, but if you add a little cocoa powder you end up with a yummy chocolate version. These cookies are not overly sweet, it’s just enough to be a treat.

They don’t knock you out with chocolate either, they are the ultimate in moderation.  That makes them the perfect balance for a fabulous frosting!

I originally posted this cookie recipe before Valentine’s day in 2015. I had rolled out a bunch of cookies and decorated them with royal icing for the holiday.

Soft round chocolate sour cream cookies cooling on wire rack.

It seemed like a great time to revisit the recipe. This time I decided to share them more how we would normally enjoy them.

While the dough makes a delicious cut out cookie, it is a bit sticky. So you have to be careful to really dust everything well with flour and/or cocoa powder.

Generally we just scoop and bake the cookies. Then you can top them with frosting. My aunt who got us hooked on sour cream cookies loves using cream cheese frosting.

Putting buttercream frosting on cooled chocolate sour cream cookies

This time I went with buttercream so I could play with my Russian piping tips and rosettes. Both are quick and easy ways to dress up the cookies.

Because the cookies themselves are not overly sweet, the frosting doesn’t make them too much. That is especially the case if you just spread a little on and use sprinkles to dress them up.

Round chocolate sour cream cookies topped with white buttercream and colorful buttercream flours on wire cooling rack.

Anyway, with updated pictures and a printable recipe card it seemed like a great time to share them with you again. Make some for those you love and let me know what you think.

Making the cookies

This dough is soft and a little bit sticky.  However, it is possible to roll and cut it.

While the dough doesn’t need to be chilled for drop cookies, you will want to wrap it in plastic wrap and let it chill for at least an hour if you plan to roll it out and cut it with cookie cutters.

Just be sure to use plenty of flour on the counter and your rolling pin, or use half flour and half cocoa powder.  A bench scrape can help transfer the shapes to a cookie sheet.

Scooping the dough is another great option.  For these big round cookies I used a medium cookie scoop.

Hand holding chocolate sour cream cookie with a bite missing showing soft, airy interior.

The cookies don’t spread much, but they do puff a bit. I gently pressed them down a bit and shaped them with damp fingers before I baked them.

I knew I was going to decorate them with buttercream, so I wanted that flatter top. If you don’t care about a hump in the middle feel free to just scoop and bake.

That resulted in about 5 dozen pretty good sized cookies.  I baked them for 9 minutes and that resulted in soft and delicious cookies.

Storing cookies

These cookies are best stored in an airtight container at room temperature. The only exception would be if you used a frosting that needs refrigerated.

If you are storing the cookies without frosting, add a slice of sandwich bread to the container to help keep them soft for longer. Using buttercream will also help keep them softer for an extra couple of days.

Store in a single layer if possible. If you are going to stack them, place a layer of parchment paper or wax paper between the cookies to keep them from sticking together.

Collection of chocolate sour cream cookies with pink, white, and purple rosettes piped on top.

For storage up to three months, you can freeze the cookies in a freezer safe container or bag. Ideally you would freeze the cookies without frosting.

You can freeze frosted cookies, but the frosting may weep or lose definition as it defrosts. They will likely still taste great but may not look as fabulous as they once did.

For more cookie inspiration, check out my collection of cookie recipes.

Platter of round chocolate sour cream cookies topped with buttercream rosettes and flowers.

Chocolate Sour Cream Cookies

Servings: 60 Servings
Author: Carlee
If soft chocolate cookies with a light not too sweet finish are what you are after, these chocolate sour cream cookies are for you. Dress them up with a little frosting for an extra special treat.
4.65 from 14 ratings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softenend
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cream together sugar and room temperature butter.
    2 cups granulated sugar, 1 cup unsalted butter
  • Stir eggs, sour cream and vanilla into creamed mixture.
    3 large eggs, 1 cup sour cream, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • In a separate bowl, mix flour, cocoa, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
    4½ cups all purpose flour, ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, ¼ teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until just incorporated. The dough will be loose.
  • If you want to make drop cookies: drop rounded tablespoons full (or a medium cookie scoop) onto a cookie sheet. Bake in a 350° F oven for 8-10 minutes. They should be set, but you don't want them to take on much color.
  • For rolled cookies: wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours. Roll out on a floured surface and cut into desired shapes. Bake at 350° F for 5-10 minutes depending on size of cookies.
  • Cool cookies on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then move to a wire rack to cool completely.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 101kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 75mgSugar: 7g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Wednesday 26th of February 2020

Oh my, I need to try these!!


Monday 2nd of March 2020

You do!


Saturday 15th of February 2020

Sour cream cookies are the best! And I do love how you added the cocoa to make them chocolate. And of course, mine would need the frosting as well.


Monday 2nd of March 2020

Frosting is a given, for sure!


Friday 14th of February 2020

These look so delicious! You decorated them beautifully!


Monday 2nd of March 2020

Thank you so much!