Day 7: Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

Day 7 with Delia Creates

What a treat for us today. If you’ve followed this heArt of mine for a while, you know that Delia is a creative force favorite of mine. Unique, original projects and delicious recipes, all accompanied by gorgeous photos. She is here today to share a small twist on a Christmastime staple. And don’t drool over her photos too much. : )


Hello! I am Delia and I blog over at Delia Creates. I am so happy to be here for Amy’s 25 days of Cookies.

Today, I’m going to share with you my all time favorite sugar cookie recipe. It was passed down to me from my mother and because of one fairly unique ingredient we call them…

Not sour cream tasting at all.They are irresistibly soft and chewy. If you claim to already had a sugar cookie recipe, just give this one a try…you won’t regret it. :)



1 c. shortening {you can use butter but shortening produces a softer, chewier cookie}

2 c. granulated sugar

1 c. sour cream – I like to use full fat

3 large eggs

1 tsp. vanilla


5 c. all-purpose flour, plus 1-2 c. of flour for rolling cookies out

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

– Preheat your oven to  375 and prepare your cookie sheets with a light mist of spray oil.

We live at a high altitude – above 4500 ft. – so I bake them at about 365.

– Beat your wet ingredients together.

– Sift or whisk your dry ingredients together.

– Mix your dry and wet mixes together to get a nice thick dough.

– Flour your counter and rolling pin. Don’t be shy with the flour. This dough is quite sticky. But also be careful not to add too much flour or the cookies will taste floury and they will crack easily.

– Take a big chunk of dough and roll it out to about 1/4 of an inch thick.

– Cut and place on the baking sheets.

– Bake for 10-15 minutes…until the top starts to look baked and oh so slightly browned.

For reasons I am not really sure of the cookies bake the best when baked with two sheets at a time. Maybe it’s the heat reflecting off the other pan….not sure. But for BEST results, cook two cookie sheets at a time.

– Let it cool on the pan for a few minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

– Then let the frosting begin!

This cookie frosting/glaze is from the America’s Test Kitchen Cookbook:

3 TBSP. whole milk {I used half and half}

1 TBSP. softened cream cheese

1 1/2 c. powdered sugar

Mix 2 TBSP. milk and cream cheese together until smooth. Add sugar. Add remaining milk as needed.

I made a triple batch {which was too much}. Some was spooned into a freezer quart sized bag for piping…

And the rest got dyed so my boys could have more fun decorating.

I really like this glaze/icing. It’s not too rich and it dries so the cookies won’t stick together.

MMMMmmm. Truth be told. I love these cookies unfrosted. They are perfectly sweet – not too sugary….just right.

I hope you have a perfectly sweet day!

Thanks for having me over Amy.


Thank you Delia! These look amazing.

Check out all Delia’s blog here. I know you’ll be smitten.

Take care.

♥amy c

About Amy Christie

Amy is a wife, mother of two and a maker. Making is her thing whether it is food, DIYs or photos of her children. Follow Amy on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Bloglovin, Twitter, and through her once-a-month newsletter to keep up with the latest from this heart of mine.

4 thoughts on “Day 7: Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

  1. mmm. these cookies look awesome. I am always on the lookout for a perfect sugar cookie recipe (haven’t found a ‘go to’ yet.) so I’ll be sure to give these a try. My kids love decorating cookies and we haven’t done it yet this season. Thanks, Delia!

  2. Ok looked far and wide for this recipe, and got very frustrated because the dough was not stiff enlightenment to even pick up and put on a cookie sheet. I ended up kneading another cup of flour and putting in the fridge. Do u have any suggestions? Thanks in advance. Jan

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