Summer Sugar Cookies with Sour Cream and Cream Cheese Frosting

Celebrate summer with these delicious homemade summer sugar cookies! Topped with a cream cheese frosting, these are sure to be a hit!

Celebrate summer with these homemade sour cream summer sugar cookies I’ve been making with my Mom since I was a kid. Topped with a cream cheese frosting, these summer cookies will be the perfect dessert for all your summer plans! And they’re the perfect summer activity for kids when it’s too hot to play outside.

Even though I used to make these summer sugar cookies with my Mom as a kids, I loved them so much, I continued making them as an adult in college. My mom even mailed some to me both Christmases when 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 summer sugar 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!

The best part about these sour cream sugar cookies is they work for any holiday, not just Christmas! You just need these sugar cookie cutters!

The Secret to Perfect Summer Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

Summer Sour Cream Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

As the temperatures rise, and the summer breeze beckons us outdoors, it’s the ideal time to gather all the ingredients for our Summer Sour Cream Sugar Cookies. The foundation of this cookie recipe lies in the perfect blend of sweet and tangy flavors, creating a cookie that is soft, moist, and utterly delicious.

These summer sour cream sugar cookies work great for a summer party alongside these Beach Cookies.

Ingredients that Make the Magic

Let’s take a look at the list of ingredients needed to create cookie recipes for these mouthwatering Summer Sour Cream Sugar Cookies:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking soda

Baking Up the Summer Magic

Summer Sour Cream Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Now that we have our ingredients, let’s dive into the step-by-step directions for making these delightful Summer Sour Cream Sugar Cookies:

Step 1: The Creaming Process

The first step to achieving the perfect cookie dough is to cream together the sugar, butter, and eggs. This process involves blending the ingredients until they become light and fluffy. The incorporation of air during the creaming process contributes to the cookies’ tender texture. Ensure that the butter is softened to room temperature for easier mixing.

Step 2: Embracing the Tangy Twist

The secret ingredient chocolate chip cookies – sour cream – comes into play during this step. Add one cup of tangy sour cream and a teaspoon of fragrant vanilla extract to the creamed mixture. The sour cream not only adds a delightful tang but also contributes to the cookies’ moisture, making them soft and chewy.

Step 3: The Floury Path

In a separate bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, salt, and baking soda. Slowly add this dry mixture to the wet ingredients while gently stirring or using a mixer on low speed. Be cautious not to overmix the dough, as overmixing can result in tough cookies.

Step 4: Roll and Cut

After mixing the dough, it’s time to roll it out on a floured surface. Aim for a thickness of about 3/4 inch (1.9 cm) for the cookies. You can choose to cut the two dough balls into circles using a glass or get creative with various cookie cutters to form delightful shapes that capture the spirit of summer.

Step 5: Baking Brilliance

Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C) and line baking sheets with parchment paper. Arrange the cut-out cookie dough on the prepared baking sheets, leaving a little space between each cookie to allow for slight expansion during baking.

Step 6: Awaiting Perfection

Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for approximately 5 minutes or until the edges start to turn golden. The centers may appear slightly soft, but fear not; they will firm up as the cookies cool.

As you wait for the cookies to bake and cool, you can read these summer books for kids.

Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring them to wire racks to cool completely.

The Finishing Touch: Frosting the Cookies

Summer Sour Cream Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Now that we have both the Summer Sour Cream Sugar Cookies and the Cream Cheese Frosting ready, it’s time to bring them together to create a divine summer treat.

Step 1: Cooling Off

Ensure that the cookies are completely cooled before adding the frosting. Frosting warm cookies may cause the frosting to melt, resulting in a less visually appealing presentation.

Step 2: Get Creative with Frosting

There are endless possibilities when it comes to decorating your Summer Sour Cream Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting. You can spread a generous layer of frosting on each cookie, or unleash your inner artist by piping intricate designs and patterns using a pastry bag and tips.

Step 3: Dye for Fun

For an extra dash of summer fun, you can easily dye the cream cheese frosting rainbow sprinkles with food coloring. Add a few drops of your favorite colors and mix well to achieve vibrant and eye-catching hues. Green for summer grass, blue for the sky, or a rainbow of colors to evoke the joy of sunny days!

Step 4: Share and Savor

Your Summer Sour Cream Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting are now ready to be savored! Share them with family and friends, or treat yourself to a moment of bliss as you enjoy these delightful cookies alongside a refreshing iced tea or lemonade.

Conclusion: Savor the Sweetness of Summer

Summer Sour Cream Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

In the midst of hot summer day, there’s nothing quite like indulging in the sweet tanginess of Summer Sour Cream Sugar Cookies. The combination of sour cream, butter, and vanilla creates a cookie that is tender, moist, and utterly irresistible. When topped with luscious cream cheese frosting, these cookies reach a new level of decadence and flavor.

So, as the sun shines and the warm breeze beckons, take the opportunity to bake up a batch of these delightful cookies, and let the sweet aroma fill your kitchen. Whether you’re sharing

Tip: this is my favorite frosting recipe for cinnamon rolls!

Decorated Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

Here are summer cookie recipes and some amazing ideas on how to decorate these sour cream sugar cookies for summer.

Decorating and photos done by Sara Welburn Photography.

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 2 dozen

These delicious but easy sour cream sugar cookies with a cream cheese frosting are light and fluffy, and they are are perfect for cutting into fun shapes with cookie cutters!

Topped with a delicious homemade cream cheese frosting, these cookies are perfecting for making and decorating with your children to share with others.


  • 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



  1. Cream together the sugar, 1 cup (2 cubes) butter, and eggs.
  2. Add in sour cream and 1 tsp vanilla
  3. Mix together
  4. Slowly stir in flour, salt, and baking soda
  5. Be careful not to over-beat!
  6. Roll our onto a floured surface to 3/4" thickness.
  7. Cut into circles or use cookie cutters.
  8. Bake at 425 degrees for 5 minutes. Allow to cool completely before decorating.


  1. Beat together 1 cube butter and cream cheese
  2. Add 1 tsp vanilla
  3. Alternate adding powdered sugar and milk while beating
  4. You need to alternate or else it will clump up
  5. Keep on beating until smooth and at the desired texture
  6. 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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