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Sour Cream Cut Out Cookies

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These sour cream cut out cookies have been one my family’s favorite cookies for decades. They are tender, flavorful and stay soft when you roll them out and cut them into shapes.

Sour cream cookies cut in the shape of hearts topped with buttercream frosting and sprinkles.

Soft sour cream cookies rolled out and cut into shapes are perfect for any special occasion. Make them for Christmas, Valentines day or birthday parties too. 

They are slightly sweet, really soft and super delicious. Add a little buttercream frosting or royal icing and some sprinkles for a super special treat.

My Aunt Marlene would never claim to be a cook.  In fact, she often claims just the opposite.

However, I have never once been to her house and had there be a lack of yummy treats.  So really she just sells herself short!

I remember her making these for us when we were kids.  We had never had sour cream cookies before and we loved them!

She usually made them as drop cookies. She would cover them in a yummy icing (cream cheese frosting if I remember correctly) and they were yummy balls of deliciousness!

heart shaped sour cream cookies with white and lavender buttercream and sprinkles on top.

Marlene got this recipe from her brother-in-law Mark’s mom and nobody who has tried them hasn’t liked them.  When I asked her for the recipe, she did one better.

She brought a batch with her when she came to visit.  This batch was rolled, cut and decorated and super cute!

I found out they are one of her family favorite holiday traditions. They do make for a perfect Christmas cookie.

They are softer than a regular sugar cookie and I find them a little harder to roll, but they take well to shapes.  They sometimes puff a bit as they bake, but don’t spread too much so you can cut them into basic shapes.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Store Sour Cream Cookies?

These cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4-5 days. You can freeze them for up to 3 months. They are best stored in a single layer, or with parchment paper between layers to keep them from sticking to each other.

Can I change up the flavor of these cookies?

You can add different flavor extracts to match your flavor preferences. Almond extract would be good or try adding a little bit of lemon zest for a unique flavor.

More Great Cookies

If you like tender cookies, chocolate sour cream cookies might be perfect for you. You can scoop and bake them or roll them out like these. It is definitely another one of our favorite sour cream cookie recipes.

Maybe you are looking for a cookie with crisper edges and a little more buttery crunch. In that case, make some of our favorite cut-out sugar cookies.

If you are in the mood for something quicker, try making soft sugar cookie bars instead. You don’t have to chill the dough or cut it into shapes, just press it into a pan and bake it to perfection.

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Sour cream cookies cut in the shape of hearts topped with buttercream frosting and sprinkles.

Sour Cream Cut Out Cookies

Servings: 36 Large Cookies
Author: Carlee
This recipe for sour cream sugar cookies uses simple ingredients to make a tender cake-like texture. They are perfect for decorating with a simple powdered sugar icing or topping with buttercream and sprinkles for an extra special treat.
4.74 from 19 ratings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes


  • 2 cups granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup butter at room temperature
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder


  • Cream together sugar and butter.
    2 cups granulated white sugar, 1 cup butter
  • Mix in eggs, sour cream and vanilla.
    3 large eggs, 1 cup sour cream, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • In a separate bowl, mix flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
    4½ cups all purpose flour, 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 soft.
  • Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours.
  • Place dough on a floured surface and use a rolling pin to roll the dough to about 1/4-inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut into fun shapes. Place on cookie sheet, leaving at least an inch between cookies.
  • Bake at 350°F for 5-10 minutes depending on size of cookies. For soft cookies, you want them to be set but very light in color when they are done.
  • Cool baked cookies for 3-5 minutes on baking sheet and then move to a wire rack to cool completely.


For the best results, try not to work any more flour into the dough than is necessary to keep it from sticking to the counter. Extra flour will make the cookies a little bit more tough, but they will still be delicious!


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 165kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 126mgSugar: 11g

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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Thursday 7th of December 2017

They really are. Thanks, Jan!


Monday 20th of February 2017

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday 20th of February 2017

Carlee, these look absolutely delicious, I love a buttercream frosted cookie. But they are adorable too. I'm sure that Jax's betrothed was delighted with her gift. LOL he's starting early isn't he? I bet the girls will be flocking to him for not only his good looks, but his baking skills!


Monday 20th of February 2017

He is definitely going to be a catch. He knows how to cook, but also knows his way around the workshop. If you misidentify a tractor, you are sure to hear about it too! He is quite the well rounded three year old. And his betrothed and her mommy liked the cookies, so he is in pretty good shape!


Monday 20th of February 2017

Oh you had me at sour cream!!! Yummy, I used to get a sour cream donut at the local shop. How can you not love sour cream, right?! Thanks for sharing with us at Family Joy Blog linky party.


Monday 20th of February 2017

We go through a lot of sour cream here. My husband LOVES it on just about anything and I love to baked with it. Now you have me hungry for a sour cream donut though... yummmm!

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Saturday 18th of February 2017

Sour Cream Cookies are the best! I could go for a couple right now!


Sunday 19th of February 2017

Aren't they good? We worked our way through this batch a little too quickly ;-)