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Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

They’re soft and cake-like and perfect for piping!

There are plenty of occasions throughout the year that call for the perfect cut-out cookie. Whether it’s hearts for Valentine’s Day or Santas for Christmas, piping frosting onto some holiday-themed cookies is one of our all-time favorite pastimes. But it’s so often the case that those cookies that look so beautiful don’t taste quite as great. But never fear. That’s definitely not the case with these cookies. These cookies are soft and nearly cake-like and they’re just the kind of dependable sugar cookie you want to have in your back pocket.

Their secret is a little bit of sour cream mixed into the dough. It doesn’t really impart any tangy sour cream flavor, but it ensures that the cookies stay fluffy and soft as they bake, which means that when you go to take a bite out of this decorated cookie, your teeth sink into it instead of being met with a crunch.

While most of the time we just flavor these with vanilla extract, a little nutmeg around the winter holidays feels just right. It adds a subtle hint of holiday spice, and while it’s definitely not mandatory, we suggest you give it a try at least once. Likewise, when it comes to chilling this dough… it’s not a totally necessary step. It does help the cookies stay a bit fluffier, and definitely helps the dough be less sticky, but you can always skip that step if you’re in a sugar cookie time crunch!

Happy decorating! Check out some of our favorite frosting recipes here: