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It’s (almost) a shame to eat these pretty cookies! Decorating sugar cookies has long been a tradition in my family. I enjoy getting a little artistic with my decorating (making cookies look like family members or celebrities is my favorite), while my brother seems to think that the more frosting on a cookie, the better. This recipe makes the best sugar cookies I’ve ever tasted; the sour cream keeps them fluffy and flavorful, and the frosting is creamy and oh-so delicious.



1 cup Tillamook Unsalted Butter, softened
1 ½ cups white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 cup Tillamook Premium Sour Cream or Tillamook Natural Sour Cream
5 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda


1-8oz package cream cheese
2 tablespoons evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
Food coloring (optional)
Sprinkles (optional)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

In a medium bowl, cream together softened butter, sugar, vanilla extract, and eggs. Add the sour cream. In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda, and gradually add to egg-sugar mixture. Cover and chill dough for 1 hour.

Roll the dough on a floured surface to 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 1/2 inches apart on lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Cookies should be lightly browned at the edges. Remove from the baking sheets to cool on wire racks.

While cookies cool, beat together cream cheese and evaporated mix milk until smooth. Mix in vanilla extract, salt, and confectioners’ sugar, and beat until well blended. To color frosting, divide into separate bowls and add food colorings to each to desired intensity. Use a knife to frost cookies, and add sprinkles or other decorations as desired.

Yields about 5 dozen cookies

Tip: if you feel like you’re adding a lot of flower to make the dough un-sticky, try using confectioners’ sugar instead to keep the cookies sweet.

Do you have any fun sugar cookie decorating traditions? Why not be the first to make a Baby Loaf sugar cookie?!

~ Katie of the Tillamook Team

Image: Flickr/OakleyOriginals (Creative Commons)


L McCune

Thank you SO much for sharing this sour cream cookie recipe! I grew up in Oregon, loving all of the Tillamook products. Now that I live in Arizona I am happy to see Tillamook cheese is here! Have a Merry Christmas and keep sharing wonderful recipes!

December 22nd, 2011 at 11:26 am

Tillamook Team

You're very welcome! I'm so glad you're enjoying the recipe. Happy holidays to you and your family!

Jala of the Tillamook Team

December 23rd, 2011 at 3:57 pm
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