Soft Sour Cream Sugar Cookies Recipe

These moist and simple sour cream sugar cookies feature a bit of lemon zest and are topped with cinnamon sugar. Its taste is not as sour as you think. The sour cream blends tastefully well with the sugar, vanilla, butter, and other dry ingredients. It has that perfect balance of sweet and tart which makes it an excellent dessert. Enjoy it with a cup of warm jasmine tea or a French press coffee drink. 

Tips on Making Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

These tasty homemade sour cream sugar cookies are easy to make with its simple ingredients. Make it even more delicious with some of the tips and variations below.

  • Avoid adding more flour. These sour cream cookies are soft and chewy when baked. It’s because the sour cream ingredient keeps it tender and adds moisture. Adding more will give it a floury taste and a firm, dry texture. 
  • Chill the dough. Since the cookie batter doesn’t have a lot of flour, it would need refrigerating. Don’t skip out on chilling the cookie batter. Chilling it will help the cookie keep its shape after while baking.   
  • Try adding in orange or lemon zest for an added fresh citrus flavor. Adding a zesty taste into the sour cream cookie mixture gives these soft cookies that perfect sweet and tart balance. 
  • Mix in some chopped nuts. Give your cookies an extra crunch by adding some chopped walnuts. It’s a delicious cookie variation you can easily try to make it even tastier. 
  • Finish off with a delicious topping. Decorate these cookies with some powdered cinnamon sugar topping or a creamy icing like this healthy buttercream frosting recipe. Or go for a classic and sweet cream cheese frosting. You can also add in gel food coloring for a fun and colorful batch of sour cream cookies. 

Soft Sour Cream Sugar Cookies Recipe

How To Make Soft Sour Cream Sugar Cookies Recipe

Make this classic sour cream sugar cookies recipe in less than 30 minutes! The resulting cookies have a soft and chewy texture and a deliciously sweet and earthy cinnamon sugar topping.

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 12 mins
Total: 22 mins


  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp vanilla, grated
  • lemon zest, grated
  • ½ tsp salt

For Topping:

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon


  1. In a large bowl, beat butter, eggs, and 1½ cup sugar until light and fluffy.

  2. Add sour cream and vanilla, blending until smooth.

  3. Gradually add in the dry ingredients. Mix until well combined.

  4. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

  5. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line up baking sheets with parchment paper.

  6. With a cookie scooper or a spoon, drop batter by slightly rounded teaspoonful. Leave at least 2 to 3 inches of space between cookies.

  7. For the topping, in a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon. Then, sprinkle on top of the cookies.

  8. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.

  9. Let cool on wire racks, and enjoy!


  • Sugar: 13g
  • :
  • Calcium: 45mg
  • Calories: 273kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 31g
  • Cholesterol: 28mg
  • Fat: 15g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Potassium: 59mg
  • Protein: 4g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Sodium: 296mg
  • Vitamin A: 627IU
  • Vitamin C: 1mg
Nutrition Disclaimer

Frequently Asked Questions

How does sour cream affect cookies?

Sour cream adds flavor and texture to your sugar cookies. First, the rich tart taste of the sour cream is a wonderful flavor addition to these cookies. It gives these cookies the overall balance of sweet and tart that’s appetizing to eat. That tart taste or “acidity” present in sour cream also acts as a leavening agent which creates tender baked cookies. Sour cream also helps thicken the cookie batter during the preparation process. This will produce a more dense and rich batch of cookies instead of airy or crumbly ones. Lastly, it also adds in moisture so that the cookies won’t dry out while baking.

Do cookies made with sour cream need to be refrigerated?

Yes, any baked dessert with sour cream as an ingredient needs to be refrigerated. Store these sour cream sugar cookies inside an airtight container before chilling or freezing. They can last for up to 3 months in the freezer. That’s why these cookies are also a great make-ahead option for you. If you’re planning to refrigerate the cookie dough, wrap it first with a plastic wrap and then place inside the fridge where it will stay fresh for up to 2 days.

Cookie Recipes


If you’re looking for a quick and easy dessert, then try out this sour cream sugar cookies recipe. Enjoy them with some cinnamon sugar on top or make it extra special with a delicate cream cheese or buttercream frosting.
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