These sour cream sugar cookies with cream cheese frosting are perfect for rolling and cutting into fun shapes! Top them with cream cheese frosting that can be dyed to decorate however you’d like.
Ever since I (Tiffany) was a kid, I’ve been making these sour cream sugar cookies with my mom. I continued doing that as an adult in college. My mom even mailed to me both Christmases that I was a missionary in Puerto Rico!
When Phillip and I were first married, and his family came out for our December wedding, my mother-in-law tried these cookies and fell in love. After they went home, she emailed me to ask for the recipe so she could make them with my new brother and sister-in-law. They’ve now become a family tradition in her household, too!
Everyone I’ve ever introduced to these cookies has told me that they taste so much better than traditional sugar cookies – and they’re right. Try them for yourself and see!
We love making them with these cute cookie cutters for any holiday or occasion!
As you may already know, in our home we do our best to make Christmas about giving to others and celebrating the birth of the Savior of the world. We don’t do gifts from Santa, but we enjoy pretending to be Santa with our children. So one family tradition is to make these cookies and decorate them for Christmas.
Decorating Ideas for Different Holidays
Do you need decorating ideas for these sour cream sugar cookies? We’ve got some cute ones for each holiday and season!
During Christmas, we love making sugar cookies with a yummy cream cheese twist. It’s a special tradition that brings holiday joy and lets our creativity shine. These cookies are like a blank canvas – we turn them into everything from snowflakes to Santa faces.
The cookies are super soft, and when we spread on the creamy frosting, it’s a taste sensation! Picture the whole family sitting around a table covered in sprinkles, icing, and glitter, turning plain cookies into edible masterpieces. Each decorated sugar cookie isn’t just a treat; it’s a symbol of the joy and togetherness we feel during the holiday season, adding a sweet touch to our Christmas celebrations.
For Easter celebrations, sugar cookies become a delightful canvas for festive decorating ideas with cream cheese frosting. These classic treats offer the perfect platform for springtime creativity, bringing joy to any Easter gathering. The tender, buttery texture of the sugar-baked cookies pairs seamlessly with the smooth richness of cream cheese frosting, resulting in a heavenly flavor combination.
From pastel-colored icing to intricate designs featuring bunnies, eggs, and flowers, decorating sugar cookies has evolved into a cherished tradition for families and friends alike. Whether adorned with edible glitter, sprinkles, or delicate piped details, each cookie transforms into a miniature work of art, adding a touch of sweetness to the holiday festivities.
In the crisp days of fall, decorating sugar cookies with mouthwatering cream cheese frosting becomes a delightful autumnal activity, bringing warmth and coziness to gatherings. These cookies offer a blank canvas for creativity, allowing for designs inspired by the season’s bounty: from intricate leaves in shades of red, orange, and gold to whimsical pumpkins and charming woodland creatures. The soft, buttery texture of the cookies pairs perfectly with the creamy richness of the frosting, creating a delicious treat that captures the essence of fall.
Families come together to bake cookies adorn homemade cream cheese sugar cookies with sprinkles of royal icing, edible glitter, and fondant accents, transforming each one into a miniature masterpiece that adds a sweet touch to harvest celebrations.
The tradition of decorating sugar cookies with delicious cream cheese frosting adds a special touch to Thanksgiving festivities. These cookies, known for their tender texture and creamy frosting, become a canvas for creativity, embodying the warmth and togetherness of the season. Families come together to adorn them with designs inspired by autumn’s bounty: from intricately piped turkeys to colorful cornucopias and festive fall foliage.
Each cookie transforms into a miniature work of art, reflecting the spirit of gratitude and abundance that Thanksgiving embodies. As loved ones gather around the table, these decorated cookies serve as sweet reminders of the blessings we share and the joy of being together.
On Father’s Day, decorating sugar cookies with a yummy frosting becomes a heartwarming way to celebrate Dad. These cookies, soft and delicious, serve as a canvas for creative expressions of love and gratitude. Families gather to adorn them with designs inspired by Dad’s favorite things: from sports to tools to heartfelt messages.
The creamy richness of the frosting complements the tender texture of the soft sugar cookies well, creating a delightful treat that Dad will surely enjoy. Each sugar cookie recipe becomes a personalized gesture of appreciation, conveying heartfelt sentiments and making Father’s Day celebrations extra special. As Dad indulges in these decorated frosted cookies himself, he’ll feel cherished.
Around Halloween, it’s a blast to decorate sugar cookies with a tasty cream cheese frosting—fun and a little spooky for everyone. These cookies are like a canvas for creative designs inspired by Halloween themes: ghosts, witches, pumpkins, and black cats. The creamy frosting goes perfectly with the soft cookies, making them a delicious treat, especially after trick-or-treating.
Families come together at the kitchen table, armed with piping bags filled with colorful cream cheese icing and all sorts of spooky sprinkles. Each decorated sugar cookie turns into a little piece of art, adding to the Halloween vibe and bringing smiles to both kids and adults.
On the 4th of July, it’s a fun and tasty tradition to decorate sugar cookies with cream cheese icing in a patriotic spirit. These cookies are like a canvas for creativity, decked out with red, white, and blue designs that celebrate Independence Day. Families come together to decorate them with stars and stripes, fireworks, and iconic American symbols like the Statue of Liberty and the American flag.
The creamy richness of the vanilla extract in the frosting goes perfectly with the softness of colored sugar in the cookies, creating a delicious treat that’s both festive and tasty. Each decorated sugar cookie becomes a symbol of pride and unity, adding to the joyous celebrations of the day.
For Mother’s Day, decorating sugar cookies with cream cheese glaze is a heartfelt way to show appreciation. These cookies, soft and delicious, become a canvas for expressing love and gratitude. Families come together to decorate them with delicate designs inspired by Mom’s favorite things: flowers, hearts, and sweet messages.
The creamy richness of cream cheese flavor the frosting perfectly complements the tender texture of the cookies, creating a delightful treat that Mom will cherish. Each cookie becomes a personalized gesture of affection, conveying heartfelt sentiments and making Mother’s Day celebrations extra special. As Mom enjoys these decorated sugar cookies with easy cream cheese frosting, she’ll feel adored and appreciated.
In spring, decorating sugar cookies with delicious cream cheese frosting is a delightful way to welcome the season’s renewal. These homemade sugar cookies, soft and delicious, become a canvas for vibrant and cheerful designs inspired by nature waking up: from blooming flowers to chirping birds and buzzing bees. Families come together to decorate them with pastel-colored frosting, delicate details, and edible flowers, creating a symphony of springtime delights.
The creamy richness of the frosting enhances the soft texture of the sugar cookies, creating a treat that perfectly captures the essence of the season. Each decorated sugar cookie with spread frosting becomes a little celebration of spring’s beauty, spreading joy and happiness with every bite.
On St. Patrick’s Day, decorating sugar cookies with cream cheese coating adds a bit of Irish charm to the celebrations. These cookies, soft and delicious, become a canvas for creative designs inspired by the Emerald Isle: leprechauns, shamrocks, and pots of gold at the end of rainbows. Families come together to decorate them with green frosting, sprinkles, and edible glitter, creating a festive lineup of treats.
The creamy richness desired consistency of the frosting perfectly complements the tender texture of the cookies, resulting in a deliciously indulgent treat that captures the spirit of the holiday. Each decorated sugar cookie brings luck and joy to St. Patrick’s Day festivities, spreading smiles and Irish cheer to all.
In the summertime, decorating sugar cookies with yummy cream cheese frosting is a fantastic way to soak in the sunny vibes. These cookies, soft and welcoming, become a canvas for creative designs inspired by summer’s delights: beach scenes, tropical fruits, vibrant flowers, and sunshine. Families come together to decorate them with colorful frosting, sprinkles, and edible decorations, capturing the essence of summer in every bite.
The creamy texture of the frosting enhances the tender cookies, creating a refreshing treat that brings a taste of summer to any gathering. Each decorated and colorful sugar cookie also serves as a sweet reminder of the joys of summertime, spreading happiness and fun with every bite. To keep them fresh and delicious for longer, store them in an airtight container.
On Valentine’s Day, decorating sugar cookies with irresistible cream cheese frosting is a delightful way to spread love and sweetness. These cookies, soft and irresistible, become a canvas for romantic designs inspired by the holiday: hearts, Cupid’s arrows, lovebirds, and roses. Couples and families come together to decorate them with vibrant red, pink, and white frosting, sprinkles, and edible glitter, creating a symphony of affectionate treats.
The creamy frosting perfectly complements the tender cookies, resulting in a deliciously indulgent treat that captures the essence of love. Each decorated sugar cookie also becomes a heartfelt expression of adoration, bringing joy and warmth to Valentine’s Day celebrations. Don’t forget to bake extra cookies to share the love with your special someone!
Check out these sneak peeks of some adorable designs!
Sour Cream Sugar Cookies Recipe
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 tsp. vanilla
Mix together and then slowly stir in:
- 5 cups flour
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 2 tsp. baking soda
Be careful not to over-beat! Roll out on a floured surface to 3/4″.
Cut into circles or use cookie cutters to cut these sour cream sugar cookies with cream cheese frosting into whichever shapes you’d like!
Bake at 425* for 5 minutes. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
Here is the cream cheese frosting recipe.
Tip: this is also my favorite frosting recipe for cinnamon rolls!
Add some festivity
Here are some tips to make these sour cream sugar cookies with cream cheese frosting for any occasion:
- Use cookie cutters to make these any shape you’d like for Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or a birthday party!
- Separate the icing into smaller amounts and use food coloring to add some color
- Let the kids top with sprinkles to add to the fun
Give them a try, and let us know in the comments what you think!
You should also check out the Sour Cream Sugar Cookies web story we made!
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 cubes butter (1 1/2 cups)
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 5 cups flour
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 pack (8 oz) softened cream cheese
- 1/4 cup milk
- 5 cups of powdered sugar
- Cream together the sugar, 1 cup (2 cubes) butter, and eggs.
- Add in sour cream and 1 tsp vanilla
- Mix together
- Slowly stir in flour, salt, and baking soda
- Be careful not to over-beat!
- Roll our onto a floured surface to 3/4" thickness.
- Cut into circles or use cookie cutters.
- Bake at 425 degrees for 5 minutes. Allow to cool completely before decorating.
- Beat together 1 cube butter and cream cheese
- Add 1 tsp vanilla
- Alternate adding powdered sugar and milk while beating
- You need to alternate or else it will clump up
- Keep on beating until smooth and at the desired texture
- If mix is too runny, just add a bit of powdered sugar. If it is too thick, add a tiny bit of milk.
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