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The Best Sugar Cookie Recipe

13763235333_ef9f1426ca_zIt’s time for another of our favorite Christmas recipes.  Today we’ll be sharing THE best sugar cookie recipe in town.  Crisp, yet moist, buttery, sweet, but still light and delicious.  And as a bonus, I’m sharing one of our favorite frosting recipes.  I get regular compliments on this recipe, and you might be surprised at the ingredients in it. 🙂

The Best Sugar Cookie Recipe

2 sticks unsalted butter

2 eggs, beaten

1 c. white sugar

3 T. sour cream

1 t. pure vanilla

1 t. baking soda

1/4 t. salt

3 c. flour

Cream butter and sugar.  Add eggs, vanilla, soda, sour cream and salt, and mix well.  Add in flour, 1 cup at a time, mixing well.  Refrigerate dough for 1/2 hour.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Roll out cookie dough to 1/4 inch thick ( you can do 1/8 inch if you like the thinner, crispier sugar cookies).  Use cookie cutters to make desired shapes, transfer cut out shapes to cookie sheet.  Decorate with sprinkles and/or colored sugars now if you’re not going to frost these.  Bake for 6-8 minutes or until edges just begin to get golden.

The Best Buttercream Frosting Recipe

This Buttercream frosting recipe is phenomenal.  I get compliments on it on a regular basis.  The amounts are in place for a 3-layer round cake, so I’d use a third of this recipe for the cookies.

1.5 sticks real unsalted butter, softened (1/2 a stick for one batch of cookies)

7.5 c. powdered sugar (2.5 c. for one batch of cookies)

2 t.  fresh squeezed lemon juice (2 t. for one batch of cookies)

1 T. pure vanilla (1 t. for one batch of cookies)

1 t. salt (1/4 t. for one batch of cookies)

3 T. whole milk or cream (1 T. for one batch of cookies, adding a dash more if it’s too thick)

If you like a sweeter, more cotton-candyish flavor for your frosting, use pure almond extract instead of vanilla extract.   Prep is easy: mix all ingredients well, add liquid food coloring if desired, and spread on cooled cookies.

And if you are interested in some other great, non-dessert recipes to share or make during the Christmas/New Year holiday, try these out:

Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches

Homemade Potato Chip/Veggie Dip

Homemade Pico de Gallo

Homemade Guacamole

Smooth Mexican Salsa

Quinoa and Black Beans

Happy baking, my friends!  Hope you enjoy these terrific homemade treats.  Now, time to share your favorite holiday recipe ideas in the comments.  🙂


  1. Lauren says:

    Yumm these look great! I just made some sugar cookies last night with a recipe I found on Pinterest, and they turned out ok. Next time I’ll have to try this one- especially for the frosting!

  2. Chela says:

    These look wonderful! Thanks for sharing! I’ve made lemon cookies with sour cream before and they were delicious. Can’t wait to try them!

  3. I asked my kid to see the picture of The Best Sugar Cookie Recipe. You know what she said “Dad, lets make some of this, my best friend likes pink and I think she will love this.” I told her ok. We’re gonna make this, this weekend.

  4. You’ve got me drooling and it’s not even 8am yet ;)!! That recipe sounds amazing. I’m intrigued by your frosting recipe too. I’ve always made mine with cream cheese, so now I want to try it with milk/cream and see how it differs. YUM!

    • Laurie says:

      We LOVE cream cheese frosting here, and make it often with carrot cake and the like, but this one rocks for chocolate cakes and sugar cookies. 🙂

  5. These sound delicious, Laurie! I don’t have a good sugar cookie recipe, so I’ll definitely be bookmarking this recipe. And I’m a huge fan of adding sour cream to cakes and cookies – it makes them taste so yummy! One of my dearest friends LOVES buttercream frosting, so I’m sure she’d love your version too. I’m actually really weird and remove almost all frosting from cakes and cookies, except for a very thin layer. 🙂

    • Laurie says:

      We have friends who don’t like frosting either. Sometimes I think it’s a texture thing or a sweetness thing, you know? Unfortunately, I love frosting a little bit too much. 🙂

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