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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 frosting for an extra special treat.

bite missing from chocolate cookie with buttercream flowers on top

    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.

      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.

fresh baked chocolate sour cream cookies on cooling rack

     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.

     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.

chocolate cookies on cooling rack with bowls of colored frosting

    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.

Original post from 2015

    I knew I wanted to make some decorated cookies for Little Dude’s Valentines Day treat.  Marlene’s Sour Cream Cookies were at the top of my list and I knew they would be perfect for making little x’s and o’s.

  But it seemed like there needed to be some chocolate involved.  It is Valentine’s day after all!

   So, I decided to try a batch of chocolate dough as well.  I have never had a chocolate sour cream cookie before, but they have to be good right?!  Yep!

frosted thick chocolate cookies on cooling rack

Making the cookies

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

     Just be sure to use plenty of flour on the counter and your rolling pin.  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.

     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 n 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.

soft chocolate cookies topped with pink and purple buttercream flowers

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.

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.

Yield: 60 Servings

Chocolate Sour Cream Cookies

chocolate sour cream cookies on wire rack with bowls of buttercream ready to frost them

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.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softenend
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder


  1. Cream together sugar and butter. Mix in eggs, sour cream and vanilla.
  2. In a bowl, mix flour, cocoa, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
  3. Add dry mixture to wet mixture and stir until just incorporated. The dough will be loose.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 101Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 75mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 2g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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