Old Fashioned Sour Cream Cookies

Sour Cream Cookies Recipe

One of my favorite things to do in my spare time is to look through old cookbooks. I love to see what recipes were “popular” during different time periods. One of my favorite “old” cookbooks is the Betty Crocker Cooky Book. I put old in parentheses so as not to offend anyone since it was copyrighted in 1963. :) I used to enjoy looking through the cookbook when I was little and trying the different recipes from it so much that I even asked for that cookbook for Christmas one year. Come to find out, it’s kind of hard to find. (However, they printed a facsimile edition in 2002, and now it it easier to get your hands on.)

Sour Cream Cookies #recipe

One of the cookies that I remember making (and eating lots of!) from that cookbook, was the old fashioned sour cream cookie. While they aren’t the most pretty cookie to look at or full of all kinds of flavors, these cookies are addicting. The texture is more cake-like then chewy. I’m all about chewy cookies, but there is something about the hint of nutmeg and the richness of the sour cream in these soft cookies that makes it hard to eat just one!

Sour Cream Cookies Recipe

These cookies pair perfectly with a cup of tea or a big glass of milk making them perfect for a mid-morning or afternoon snack! :)

Old Fashioned Sour Cream Cookies

Yield: 4 dozen 2 inch cookies


  • 1/2 C butter, softened
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 C light sour cream
  • 2 2/3 C all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • additional sugar for sprinkling


  1. Preheat oven to 425. Line cookie sheets with a baking mat or lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla until creamy. Stir in sour cream until well-combined.
  3. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg.
  4. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. You may need to finish stirring with a wooden spoon.
  5. Turn dough out onto a well-floured surface. Roll dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutters and place onto prepared cookie sheet. Sprinkle tops with sugar.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until just starting to turn light golden brown.
  7. Remove to a wire rack to cool.

This recipe is adapted from the Betty Crocker Cooky Book and is linked with Strut Your Stuff SaturdayTaste and Tell ThursdaysThursday’s Treasures, Trick or Treat Tuesday, Tuesday Talent ShowWeekend Potluck, What’s in the Gunny Sack.

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  1. Ramona says:

    These cookies are so pretty! They look light and delicious. :) I have some vintage cookbooks from the ’70 that I love to look through. :)

  2. These look wonderful Jessica.. There is nothing better than classic recipes..

  3. Oooh I love classic recipes like this!

  4. What do you mean not pretty to look at?? I mean I think classic cookies are always pretty – simple and no fuss and delicious. I bet the sour cream gives them an awesome texture for sure :D

  5. These look absolutely DELICIOUS!! I have to try these.

  6. ezcookbook says:

    Just superb. Delicious cookies,

  7. i think i have my grandma’s copy of that cookbook. so fun. these cookies look great- thanks for sharing an ‘old’ recipe :)

  8. I love old cookbooks to! Some recipes are just great in them! These cookies look yummy!

  9. i love old cookbooks as well! these sound wonderful! i actually have some sour cream looking for a home, i’ll have to bake these soon!

  10. I read cookbooks like some people read the bible. I get inspired, enlightened, and totally vulnerable at the same time! These cookies sound fantastic!

  11. I’ve never tried sour cream sugar cookies, but they sounds great and they’re beautiful too!

  12. Liz says:

    These sound quite good. I know I love sour cream in my coffee cake so in cookies would probably be just as good!

  13. These look SO good – I love old-fashioned recipes and cookbooks, too – so much fun to look through!

  14. tanya says:

    I’ve never had nutmeg in sugar cookies, but I bet it is wonderful! I love looking at old cook books too!

  15. I’ll definitely need a dozen of these with a cold glass of milk!

  16. Ashley says:

    I love looking through all the old cookbooks that my mom has – which she never uses! Come to think of it, I should swipe those from her : ) I could go for a few of these cookies as an after lunch snack right now!

  17. I’m pretty sure I have that cookbook. A friend gave it to me…it was her grandma’s cookbook. And now I’m going to have to try these cookies! Love them!

  18. These look delicious :-) Sour cream in baking is always a good idea, it seems to bring lightness and richness at the same time!

  19. Tracey says:

    You’ve gotta love a classic! Now that you mention it, I don’t actually have any “old” cookbooks but they would be fun to page through.

  20. Kristy says:

    A classic cookie that looks just perfect!! Be right over;)

  21. Medeja says:

    These cookies look perfect!

  22. I’ve never even heard of sour cream cookies! They look and sound wonderful, I’ll have to give them a try.

  23. They look so pretty! They sound wonderful, I’m intrigued by the nutmeg addition.

  24. I just love how perfect and pretty these cookies look Jessica!!

  25. They sound amazing – I need to try sour cream in cookies!

  26. I love nutmeg; I use it a lot.Nice cookies!

  27. Cassie says:

    Totally have never had a sour cream cookie. These look amazing!

  28. Joanne says:

    Those recipes, and these cookies specifically, sound like oldies but goodies!

  29. I have an old Betty Crocker cookbook that I love – some of my favorite recipes come from there! And these cookies sound simple and perfect :)

  30. there’s nothing like stand-by classic recipes. And sour cream cookies strike the same chords with me – so many wonderful memories making them with my grandmother. And I love cakey cookies every now and then. These look amazing Jessica! You’re inspiring me to page through my old cookbooks when I get home tonight. :)

  31. Yeah, I’ll tell ya right now, nothing beats cookies for me! I can put down wayyy too many of ‘em and I usually find that the classic recipes are my favorite! These look awesome.

  32. Now you got me totally intrigued. I want to know how these taste! Pinning! :)

  33. I’ve never put sour cream in sugar cookies. What an amazing idea!

  34. What a genius idea for coming up with new (well, new/”old”) recipes! :) I’ve never tried a sour cream cookie, but they look so yummy!

  35. Perusing cookbooks is one of my favorite things to do. These cookies sound amazing.

  36. Pamela says:

    Oh these look delicious! I am pinning to make! Thanks for sharing!

  37. I love simple cookies like this, and yours look great!

  38. i love paging through all cook books…the “old” ones always crack me up with some of their ingredients…when you said this cookie with tea – I thought perfect. i love cookies and tea…which sounds so english & proper doesn’t it – which i am not.lol

  39. I don’t think I’ve ever had sour cream cookies, but these sound delicious!

  40. Haven’t had cookies like this in forever! Yours look great! I have a stash of “old” cookbooks in my basement, I love looking through them!

  41. I love the “old” Betty Crocker cookbooks :) I moved out of my parents’ house armed with the bright orange Betty Crocker Cookbook and I still have it. Memories! These cookies look so yummy. I love basic, sugar or shortbread type cookies and these seem like a nice twist on that idea. Perfect with a hot cup of tea!

  42. Jenni says:

    a childhood friend’s mom used to make these and they were amazing! I am definitely going to try this recipe because I think about those cookies all the time! Haha!

  43. Suzanne says:

    I fell in love with these kind of cookies in college, but I really don’t know how you managed to not slather frosting all over them. Beautiful photos Jess.

  44. What really interesting cookies, not seen any that use sour cream before. I love ‘old’ cookbooks too, I wonder if I have a similar recipe in one of mine!

  45. Ali says:

    If you say “classic” instead of “old” then it works :) I love classic cookbooks too! I think I collect more of those than newer cookbooks, which I only buy once or twice a year at most.

    If you don’t mind I wanted to invite you to come link up at Recipe Sharing Monday and share your favorite recipes. Have a super week. :)

  46. Hey! That is the recipe I use too! I absolutely Love the way these cookies turn out. So yummy and easy to work with too!

    enjoy all that deliciousness!

    hugs x

  47. Ruthie says:

    oh my… YUM. I hope you’ll come share at my New Super Saturday Show & Tell Party today :) You’re awesome and I love your mad cooking skills! xoxo~ Ruthie http://www.whatscookingwithruthie.com

  48. I saw these on Chocolate, Chocolate, and More Chocolate’s Facebook page and wanted to come over for a closer look! I love what you said about reading old cookbooks: “One of my favorite things to do in my spare time is to look through old cookbooks. I love to see what recipes were “popular” during different time periods.” Me, too! :) Thanks for sharing a great recipe! :)

  49. Karen says:

    I LOVE these cookies and this is the only recipe I use. Mine is from the 1971 (green) Betty Crocker Cookbook. I leave out the nutmeg except at Christmas and I like it rolled thin but everyone else likes it a little thicker. The sour cream gives it a smooth texture and I think helps it roll out well. Keep it chilled except for what you are rolling as it warms up quickly. Yummy eating.

  50. Susie says:

    This is my go to cookie. I use it in place of sugar cookies as they are not real sweet. I dare you to only eat just one! Try frosting it as you would any sugar cookie you normally woulf.

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