Old-Fashioned Sour Cream Cookies

Easy to make old-fashioned sugar cookies that include sour cream and raisins.

These easy Sour Cream Drop Cookies are soft cakey cookies that are simple, delicious, and satisfying - the kind that Grandma used to make.

In additon to cookies, you may also find recipes for baked goods such as cakes, biscuits, scones and doughnuts that also calls for sour cream.

We always recommend that you read the recipe thoroughly before you begin baking to make sure you have all the proper ingredients and the correct amounts of each.

If you find that you don't have enough sour cream for your cookie recipe (or other baked goods), you can try substituting plain, low-fat yogurt, or soy-based yogurt for those looking for an animal-free option.

Sour Cream Cookies Recipe

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins
  1. Position an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 375F degrees. Line 2 or 3 baking sheets with parchment paper for best results. Otherwise, use ungreased cookie sheets.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg with a spoon or whisk until well blended.
  3. In a large bowl beat together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and creamy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula if necessary to make sure the mixture is well blended.
  4. Add the eggs and beat well.
  5. Add the flour mixture alternatively with the sour cream until everything is blended.
  6. Stir in the raisins.
  7. Drop the dough by teaspoonfuls on baking sheet spaced at least 2 inches apart.
  8. Bake one cookie sheet at a time in the center of the oven until set, about 7 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven and let cool for a couple of minutes, then transfer the cookies on wire racks to cool completely.

This recipe makes about 5 dozen Sour Cream Cookies

Cookie Baking Tips

Bake your cookies in the middle of the oven for best results. If baked on the bottom, they are apt to burn. Make sure your oven is preheated to the right temperature before putting the first batch of cookies in the oven.

Sour Cream Cookie Recipe #2

  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, if desired
  • Brown Butter Glaze, see below
  1. Position an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 375F degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, beat brown sugar, sour cream, shortening, vanilla and eggs with an electric mixer on medium speed, or mix together by hand with a large spoon.
  3. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt
  4. Stir in pecans
  5. Drop cookie dough by rounded teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until almost no indentation remains when touched in the center.
  7. Let cool on cookie sheet for 1 to 2 minutes.
  8. Remove cookies from sheet and place on wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Once cooled, spread tops of cookies with Brown Butter Glaze.

Brown Butter Glaze

  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons hot water
  1. Heat butter in saucepan over low heat until golden brown, stir occasionally
  2. Remove butter from heat
  3. Stir in remaining ingredients until glaze is smooth and spreadable

This recipe makes about 6 dozen Sour Cream Cookies with Brown Butter Glaze

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