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Marlene’s Soft Sour Cream Cookies

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Sour cream cookies are simple, soft and oh so good. We fell in love at first bite so many years ago and they are still a favorite!

Plate of soft rounded sour cream cookies topped with buttercream frosting.

    These little nuggets are the softest cookies you can imagine.  My Aunt Marlene made these for us for the first time when we were still small kids.  

We had never eaten cookies quite like them!  They are still very much a family favorite and go quickly when Marlene makes them.

When I needed a base for the grinch cookies for Little Dude’s Dr. Seuss party, I immediately thought of these sour cream cookies.  They are so soft and simple.

    They are easy to make too, which is a definite plus when you have a lot to do and a little time to do it.

round sour cream cookies with green icing and heart candies.

I just made a simple powdered sugar glaze and colored it green as a nod to the Grinch.  Then I put large heart sprinkles on them to drive the point home.

The Grinch’s heart grew three sizes after all! They were a great addition to his Grinch cupcake cake.

soft round sour cream cookies on cooling rack.

     Making the cookies for that party reminded me how much we all like them.  So I made another batch and a half for my little brother’s wedding.

    This time I piped on some buttercream and added some gold sanding sugar to fancy them up for the party.  They were really delicious that way too and the leftovers were still soft and luscious a few days later!

Storing your cookies and freezing the dough

Cookies can be stored at room temperature for several days. Put them in an airtight container to keep them fresh.

Adding a slice of sandwich bread to the container helps keep them softer for longer. The bread will help keep a higher level of moisture in the container.

These cookies freeze well. You freeze baked cookies for several months in a freezer bag.

You can also freeze balls of dough on a cookie sheet and then transfer the frozen dough balls into a freezer bag. You can bake the dough from frozen, just add a minute or two to the baking time.

More sour cream cookie recipes: 

Rolled Sour Cream Cookies can be cut into shapes like sugar cookies, but they are softer. They make fabulous Christmas cookies.

Rolled Chocolate Sour Cream Cookies can also be cut into shapes, but they are chocolate and delicious. Top with royal icing and things are fabulous. 

You may also like my soft sugar cookie bars. You can save yourself time baking baking all of the dough at once and you get soft bars that are perfect topped with frosting and sprinkles.

Yield: 60 Cookies

Soft Sour Cream Drop Cookies

plate of sour cream cookies topped with buttercream swirls

Sour cream cookies are simple, soft and oh so good. We fell in love at first bite so many years ago and they are still a favorite!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


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


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

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 99Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 75mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 1g

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

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Sour cream cookies are simple, soft and oh so good. We fell in love at first bite so many years ago and they are still a favorite!

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Tuesday 18th of December 2018

Hi! Have you ever had a problem with these getting flat? I’ve continued to have mine go flat when I use my recipe. I’m going to try yours. Any tips?


Wednesday 19th of December 2018

I hope you have better luck with this recipe. Chilling the dough for a bit would help them from going too flat as well.


Wednesday 22nd of July 2015

Thank you!


Tuesday 21st of July 2015

YUM!! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! This post has been pinned on the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! I love having you and can't wait to see you next week!


Tuesday 21st of July 2015

Thank you!


Friday 17th of July 2015

These sound delicious! I love sour cream. My husband is doing low carb right now, so I'll have to wait to make these. I'm going to pin this so I don't forget it!


Friday 17th of July 2015

Thank you! I'm not sure I'd make it on a low carb diet ;-)

Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

Wednesday 15th of July 2015

I love family recipes and wish I had asked my mum for more when she was alive. Thanks for sharing with us at #WednesdaysWisdom


Thursday 16th of July 2015

We have been trying to get as many as we can from my grandmas while we have the chance! It is always fun to hear the stories and make things from their recipes.

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