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Old Fashioned Sour Cream Cookies

Sour Cream Cookies Recipe

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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.

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Sunday 29th of December 2019

My family have been baking this cooking for over 70 years and it is a favorite, It pairs well with coffee, Tradition in our family is to put 3 raisins on top

Juana Baruh

Tuesday 1st of October 2019

I have the original cookie book that i keep as a treasure. Some years ago, my son got me a new one through the internet., however i always used my old copy. Nowadays i enjoy baking with my granddaughters. It's a magical book.


Wednesday 17th of October 2018

I have been looking for an Old Fashion Sour Cream Cookie recipe like forever!...My Grandma used to make them when I was little and my cousins and brother and sisters (there were 8 of us) WE THOUGHT we were sneaking in to get some cookies but Grandma knew what we were up to...My mom said she'd sit in the front room and chuckel when ever she heard that old screen door slam shut...That door gave us away every time...????...(but we never thought about it slamming shut)


Wednesday 7th of January 2015

Sour cream cookies; love em! However, my most fav was that baked by my grandma. She made a Maple syrup, walnut, sour cream cookie that was to die for. To date I have yet to find a recipe for that particular cookie. Those cookies were the rage on my birthdays some sixty years ago.

Amy Huboi

Saturday 13th of December 2014

This is my favorite sugar cookie recipe. I have the recipe from my mom's 1st cookbook, which is over 40 years old. I am so happy to see it online.