Sour Cream Thanksgiving Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

These Sour Cream Thanksgiving sugar cookies, are a fantastic way to keep kids engaged and entertained while you tackle the Thanksgiving baking tasks. The delightful combination of cream cheese frosting, sugar cookies, and festive cookie cutters transforms decorating these holiday cookies into not just a fun Thanksgiving treat itself, but a delightful Thanksgiving and fun activity, that kids of all ages can enjoy.

The creative process of rolling out the sugar cookie dough, cutting out various Thanksgiving-themed shapes, and decorating with colorful frostings is bound to keep young ones captivated and add an extra layer of fun to your holiday preparations. So, it’s not just about indulging in delicious desserts fun a Thanksgiving table treat, and Thanksgiving sugar cookies, but also creating cherished Thanksgiving memories with your little ones.

Memories with Sour Cream Sugar Cookies for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving isn’t just about the meal, it’s a time to reflect on cherished memories and the traditions that have woven their way into our hearts. For my family, Thanksgiving and sour cream cookies go hand in hand, creating a feast of memories that warm our souls.

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve cherished the heartwarming tradition of making sour cream cookies with my mom. These delectable cookies have been a staple in our family for as long as I can remember. It’s not just about the delicious end result, but the entire process that’s filled with love, laughter, and precious moments.

We’d gather in the kitchen, don aprons, and embark on a baking adventure that transcended generations. The scent of these cookies baking in the oven would fill our home, creating an atmosphere that was synonymous with togetherness. For me, it is very memorable. Just like a fun Thanksgiving treat. A very special occasion.

As the soft delightful aroma of baking powder on these cookies wafts through the house, I’m instantly transported back to my childhood. I remember my mom’s gentle guidance as we mixed the sugar cookie dough, the anticipation of rolling it out onto the parchment paper on a baking sheet, and the joy of selecting cookie cutters to craft intricate shapes.

These moments weren’t just about baking; they were about bonding and sharing stories, laughter, and secrets.

Thanksgiving memories are intrinsically tied to the presence of sour cream cookies. These cookies hold within their sugary sweetness the stories of countless Thanksgiving pasts. Every Thanksgiving was a testament to the power of traditions.

The presence of those sour cream cookies on the dessert table was a reminder that, despite the passing years, some things remain unchanging. The flavors, textures, and designs would evolve, but the essence of family, love, and shared experiences was a constant presence.

The kitchen would become a hub of creativity as we decorated the cookies, each one a canvas for our imagination. Whether it was a turkey, a pumpkin, or a simple leaf, every cookie carried with it a unique story.

And as we indulged in the cookies, we savored not just their sweet taste, but also the sweetness of togetherness.

A Recipe That Bridges Generations

Thanksgiving Sour Cream Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

As I grew older and embarked on my college journey, I made a deliberate effort to bring a piece of this cherished tradition with me. Those cookie-baking sessions served as a link to my home, a source of comfort that reminded me of the loving moments I had shared with my family.

Even during my time as a missionary in Puerto Rico, my mother would send me batches of these delightful cookies, both at Christmas. Their arrival wasn’t just a taste of home; it was a symbol of her enduring love and support, transcending the miles that separated us.

As I shared this beloved sugar cookie and dough recipe with my college friends and fellow missionaries in Puerto Rico, it evolved into more than just a delectable treat.

It became a connection to my heritage and a window into the traditions that had shaped my family. This tradition endured, and with every batch of cookies, it carried the love, memories, and stories of generations.

The beauty of these sour cream cookies and their dough lies not only in their delectable taste but also in their ability to bridge the generational gap.

Creating New Traditions with Thanksgiving Sugar Cookies

As I prepare to bake these cookies for another Thanksgiving, a warm smile graces my face at the thought of my own children joining me in the kitchen. They’ll be crafting their own memories, sharing their own laughter, and, in time, passing down the traditional Thanksgiving turkey cookies to yet another generation. These cookies aren’t just treats; they’re time machines, capable of whisking us away to the warmth of family, the joy of shared moments, and the timeless delight of Thanksgiving.

As Thanksgiving approaches, I eagerly anticipate continuing our heartwarming tradition of Thanksgiving cookies and Thanksgiving turkey cookies with my own family. The sour cream and turkey sugar cookies have become an integral part of our holiday celebrations.

With each roll of Thanksgiving sugar cookies’ dough and cut of the Thanksgiving sugar turkey cookies’ dough and cutter, I’m reminded of something profound; the laughter, bonding, and love that have been shared through these Thanksgiving turkey sugar cookies over the years.

These two turkey sugar cookies aren’t just additions to the Thanksgiving dessert table; they are a testament to the enduring power of family, love, and tradition. The beauty of the sour cream sugar cookie recipe lies in its ability to bridge generations.

As I teach my children the art of cookie-making, I’m passing down more than just a recipe; I’m sharing the legacy of our family’s love and togetherness. The joy on their faces as they roll out the dough and select their favorite cookie cutters is a heartwarming reminder that traditions have the power to endure.

A Timeless Recipe of Love and Sweet Memories

Thanksgiving Sour Cream Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

This recipe isn’t confined to the pages of a cookbook; it’s a living connection to the past, a link to my parents, grandparents, and all those who have come before us. The shared experiences of flour-covered countertops and colorful icing create bonds that transcend time.

It’s a reminder that no matter how much the world changes, some things remain eternal, and this cherished recipe is a testament to the enduring thread of love, unity, and sweet memories that weaves its way through the generations.

So, as I prepare to bake these two butter and cookies once more, I know that I’m not just creating a sweet treat for Thanksgiving; I’m crafting memories and recipes that will be treasured for generations to come.

The pumpkin pie and sour cream sugar cookies are more than just recipe-decorated cookies; they’re a delicious embodiment of the love and connection that has been a constant in my life, creating a tradition that continues to sweeten every Thanksgiving.

Decorating Sugar Cookies for Thanksgiving Fun

One of the best things about these cookies is that your kids can decorate them for Thanksgiving! Baking and decorating turkey-themed Thanksgiving sugar cookies is not only a fun activity for children but also a fantastic way to bond and celebrate the holiday season.

So why not add some creativity to your Thanksgiving with Cornucopia Craft with Free Template and make turkey cookies? Whether it’s a turkey face, faces, turkey bodies, cute turkeys, turkey feathers, or coffee filter turkeys, the options are as endless as your imagination.

When Phillip and I were first married, and his family joined us for our December 23 wedding, my mother-in-law discovered these cookies and fell in love with them. After they returned home, she reached out to me, requesting the same sugar cookie dough recipe once more, so she could make them with my new brother and sister-in-law. Now, they’ve become a cherished family tradition in her household as well!

Everyone I’ve ever introduced to these chocolate cookies has commented that they taste even better than traditional sugar cookies – and they’re absolutely right.

The best part about these chocolate and sour cream sugar cookie-cutter recipes is that they work for any holiday, not just Christmas! All you need is the right sugar cookie dough and a variety of cookie cutters to bring festive joy to any occasion.

Try them for yourself and experience the delicious difference!

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

The “secret” ingredient that truly sets our sour cream sugar cookies and almond cookies apart, especially in their frosting, is right there in the name – the sour cream sugar cookie and almond cookie frosting recipe! These soft, delectable cookies deserve a frosting that’s as special as the memories they create.

To achieve the perfect consistency for this frosting, ensure your ingredients are at room temperature. This simple yet crucial step ensures a smooth, creamy texture that glides effortlessly onto your cookies, ready to be adorned with colorful decorations.

But what truly adds an artistic flair to our sour cream sugar cookies and almond cookies is the use of food coloring. With an array of vibrant hues at your disposal, you can transform your cookies into edible works of art. Whether you opt for traditional autumnal colors or create a rainbow of shades, food coloring empowers you to infuse creativity into your Thanksgiving traditions.

As the frosting takes on these captivating colors, it elevates the visual appeal of your cookies, making them not just a delectable treat but also a delightful feast for the eyes. So, embrace the versatility of food coloring and let your imagination run wild as you decorate these memorable cookies with your loved ones.


  • 2 cups(0.47l) sugar
  • 1 cup(0.24l) butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup(0.24l) sour cream
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 5 cups(1.18l) flour
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp. Baking Soda.


Cream together:

  • 2 cups(0.47l) sugar
  • 1 cup(0.24l) butter
  • 2 eggs

Add in:

  • 2 cups(0.47l) sugar
  • 1 cup(0.24l) butter
  • 2 eggs

Mix together and then slowly stir in:

  • 5 cups(1.18l) flour
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp. Baking Soda.

Be a little careful not to over-beat! Roll the dough out on a floured surface to 3/4″.  Cut the dough into circles, or use your cookie cutter cutters to cut these super cute 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

You can’t enjoy eating these sour cream sugar cookies without topping icing and frosting and icing them with cream cheese icing and chocolate frosting.! It’s super easy to prepare for each occasion.


  • 1 cube (1/2 cup) butter
  • 8 oz softened cream cheese
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • up to 5 cups(1.18l) powdered sugar


Beat together:

  • 1 cube (1/2 cup) butter
  • 1 pack (8 oz) softened cream cheese


  • 1 tsp vanilla

Alternate adding these items while beating:

  • 1/4 total cup milk
  • Up to 5 cups(1.18l) of powdered sugar

You need to alternate adding sugar and milk, so it doesn’t clump!  Keep on beating until the mix is smooth and at the soft, desired texture.  If the mix is too soft or runny, just add a little bit more powdered sugar.  If it is too thick, add a tiny bit more milk.

Tip 2 3: this sugar cookie frosting recipe is my favorite chocolate frosting cookie recipe except for cinnamon rolls!

Decorated Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

Here are some tips on turkey sugar cookies and some amazing ideas on how to make these turkey cookies decorate these sour cream sugar turkey cookies just for Thanksgiving.

Decorating and photos were 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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Thanksgiving transcends mere holiday status; it’s a time to reminisce about cherished memories and the traditions that weave families together. In my family, the annual ritual of baking sour cream sugar cookies serves as a testament to the profound bond of togetherness, the depth of love, and the sheer joy of crafting something beautiful.

As the kitchen is enveloped in the soft, delightful fragrance as we make turkey sugar cookies, it evokes memories of countless precious moments that Thanksgiving has gifted us throughout the years. These cookies aren’t just a delectable indulgence; they symbolize the enduring warmth and love that define this extraordinary day. So, this Thanksgiving, while preparing your festive meal, remember to relish those sweet moments and craft new memories with your loved ones, one cookie at a time.

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