Old Fashioned Frosted Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

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These old fashioned sour cream sugar cookies are so soft and have the perfect amount of sweetness.  They are made with sour cream, both in the cookie and in the frosting.  


Old Fashioned Frosted Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

Want to make someone feel special? Loved? Bake for them.  I am a firm believer in making someone feel better through the goodness and love of homemade treats.  These Old Fashioned Sour Cream Sugar Cookies are perfect for that.  I am sure it goes back to my childhood.  I’ll never forget walking into the house after school and a waft of something delicious coming from the kitchen.  Whether it was a favorite meal or when my Mom baked us cookies, you instantly felt loved and were just so glad to be home.


This recipe is sponsored by Family Fare Supermarkets, but the thoughts and opinions of their store and products are my very own.  


Recently I came across this old picture of my parents, my little brother and I from the 1970’s.  Pictures are still precious to me these days, don’t get me wrong, but the ones from back then?  They were so few and far between.  People these days have a camera in their hand all of the time.  I take plenty of pictures, but a lot of times I don’t do anything with them.  My Mom has her’s all placed in albums chronologically.  How good looking are my parents here?  Love this photo! My brother and I with our stuffed animals leads me to believe we may have road tripped somewhere and I look like maybe I was just awakened from a nap?  I still get that look to this day when I don’t want to be awake.  LOL .


Old Fashioned Frosted Sour Cream Sugar Cookies - An Affair from the Heart




Old Fashioned Frosted Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

These cookies are so delicious, and they are super duper easy to make.  Your kids would welcome one of these after school, or tucked inside their lunchbox, don’t you think?  The best part about them?  Switch up the colors and sprinkles, and you can enjoy them year round.  Sprinkles are fun, but this go around I used sugar crystals.  I love the look and the shine of them.  I frosted them all white and sprinkled with clear and a multi-colored sugar crystals.



Mom's Old Fashioned Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

What you need to make these soft Old Fashioned Sour Cream Sugar Cookies:

  • butter
  • granulated and powdered sugar
  • eggs
  • sour cream
  • salt, baking soda and baking powder
  • flour
  • vanilla



Mom's Old Fashioned Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

The best part??  ALL of these ingredients are available in Family Fare’s Our Family brand.  Not only were we enjoying these delicious cookies — the ingredients cost a fraction of the price.


Old Fashioned Frosted Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

Mix the cookie batter up.  It’s not thick like regular cookie batter.  It’s got more of a thick cake batter consistency to it.   Bake the cookies on parchment lined cookie sheets.


Old Fashioned Frosted Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

They will be puffy and even a little “imperfect” looking.  But never fear … That frosting is coming and then they will be perfection!


Old Fashioned Frosted Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

These cookies are so soft, and they aren’t super sweet.  The cookie itself isn’t very sweet at all.  Then when that sour cream frosting gets added … the stars align and the exact amount of sweetness is met.


Wanna know a secret?  I do my best baking in my pajamas.  How about you?  I do a lot of “here’s what I am making” video stories on my instagram, but you don’t typically see me turn the camera on myself.  Oh, yea, maybe later on, when my kitchen is cleaned up and so am I .. but during the baking process?  Not so much.  That’s why, now that I can order my groceries online with Family Fare Instacart and have them delivered right to my porch within an hour, I will be pajama baking all the time!  Instacart is making it possible for me to stay in my PJ’s ALL DAY! How awesome is that?


Old Fashioned Frosted Sour Cream Sugar Cookies


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I have OODLES of COOKIES on my site — I hope you take the time to browse all of the recipes. There is sure to be something for everyone.  But these Old Fashioned Sour Cream Sugar Cookies are the best place to start!

Who’s day will you brighten with some?





Yield: about 4 dozen

Old Fashioned Frosted Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

Old Fashioned Frosted Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

These old fashioned sugar cookies are so soft and have the perfect amount of sweetness.  They are made with sour cream, both in the cookie and in the frosting.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


For the Cookies:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter (1/2 cup) softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ⅔ cup sour cream
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 cups flour

For the Frosting:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter (1/2 cup) softened
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • Sprinkles or sugar crystals for decorating.


Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

With a mixer beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add eggs, vanilla and sour cream, beat until smooth. Add in baking soda, baking powder and flour, beat on low until incorporated. Dough will be really soft, almost like a cake batter.

Drop by heaping teaspoons 2-3 inches apart bake 10 mins or until edges are golden and centers are set.


For the frosting: Beat the butter until creamy. Mix in sour cream and vanilla, add in powdered sugar gradually, beat until smooth.

Frost. Sprinkle with sugar crystals.

Store in the refrigerator.


Tint the frosting for different holidays.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 147Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 74mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 0gSugar: 15gProtein: 2g

Nutrition isn't always accurate.

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  1. I have never had sour cream sugar cookies but after seeing this, I know that I need to make them. My kids love having freshly baked cookies when they get home from school and I know they will love these.

  2. Mmmm, I love that these aren’t overly sweet and what a great idea to mix up the sprinkles to fit the theme of the season. What a precious photo you found. It’s so fun to reminisce while flipping through a photo album.

  3. These remind me of my grandma Oma’s cookies… a recipe we somehow lost track of! I am SO MAKING These asap! Sour cream in cookies makes them so light and tangy! Perfect for the sugar pairing!

  4. I made these once as a girl, probably found the recipe in McCall’s magazine, as stated in the article that led me here. I’ve searched for this recipe for years!!!! Thank you. Now to make a batch.

    1. Sue, I am so happy that you re-discovered a recipe you loved as a girl!! Thank you for taking the time to leave this sweet comment. It makes everything I do worth while. <3

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