It’s no secret that I don’t bake.

This is what happens when I do.

Please tell me thats normal. This neat freak was in a slight panic.

And even though I’ve got one of those handy dough scoopers, my cookies still aren’t uniform or in a row. What is wrong with me?!

When Rachel from The Avid Appetite decided to host a cookie swap, I had purpose and I had to bake! Check out the other goodies here: Virtual Cookie Swap Party! 

Thankfully, even though they weren’t uniform on the pan, these sour cream cookies still turned out. (Baking success!) They are a cakey cookie, and while I thought they’d be perfect with a smear of buttercream or chocolate frosting, the Taster was all about the plain vanilla flavor.

The recipe comes from my beloved Congressional Club Recipe book and is straight from North Dakota. (More to come on this book.) I’m not sure if this recipe is a classic, retro or what, but it definitely has a sugar cookie vibe.

Sour Cream Cookies

by Emily Dingmann (Mrs. John M Baer)

Prep Time: 5 min

Cook Time: 30 min

Keywords: dessert Christmas cookie

Vanilla, cakey textured cookies. A favorite with kids!

Ingredients (about 40 cookies)

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda


Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

Cream butter and sugar.

Add eggs well beaten and one teaspoon soda in one tablespoon hot water.

Mix one rounded teaspoon baking powder with four cups sifted flour.

Add to dough with one cup sour cream.

Bake 12 to 15 minutes.

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If you are the sort of baker who has sprinkles and fun decorations, you could easily jazz them up a bit for the holidays, but clearly I’m not. :)

19 Comments (Reply )

  1. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 8:05 am

    Sometimes simplicity is exactly what you need in a cookie!


  2. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 9:15 am

    I love these just as they are…so beautiful, light and cakey! No other decorations are necessary :) I can’t wait to try making them. Thank you so much for participating Emily! You know I love you and your blog! …and I’m sorry I made you make a mess of your kitchen… :)


  3. Lauren at Keep It Sweet
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 9:41 am

    These look great, especially for a non-baker! I’ve never had cookies made with sour cream before.


  4. Lauren
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 10:38 am

    My favorite kind of sugar cookies are the ones with sour cream in them. These look delicious!


  5. jamie
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 11:16 am

    yum,they look divine!! :) i think i’ll be attempting these VERY soon!


  6. erin
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

    These are almost identical to the sour cream cookies my grandma bakes (hers have icing, too, and are my fave cookie of all time!)… and, she’s from Pembina, North Dakota! I’ll have to ask her if she has that cookbook.

    Looks like a well-loved cookbok :)


    • Emily
      Dec 06, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

      You have to let me know Erin, I’m so curious! Maybe they are a NoDak thing…what kind of icing does she use?


  7. Joanna
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 1:15 pm

    These sound perfect. Not too sweet and fancy. I especially love how simple it is to make! How can I not test this out? Thanks for sharing!!


  8. Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 3:22 pm

    I’ve been waiting to hear about your baking experience! I think it is impossible to make a mess when you are baking, so you are very normal! These look so moist and yummy! And I love old cookbooks like the one this is from! Good work Em!


  9. marybeth
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 6:07 pm

    yum! i love sour cream cookies.


  10. hailey
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 10:06 pm

    those look awesome! sometimes the simple recipes are the most delicious :)


  11. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 10:21 pm

    I wish I had a stand mixer! And you don’t bake….and do.

    Well, enjoy it for me :)


    • Emily
      Dec 06, 2011 @ 10:43 pm

      It was a very generous gift, I thought that I would bake more if I had one! Still working on it. :)


  12. Tut
    Dec 07, 2011 @ 6:01 am

    Does anyone in our family recognize this cookbook???? It was Mom~s, a gift from Glenn and Kit Davis!


  13. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Dec 07, 2011 @ 3:04 pm

    Haha, girl I’m the same as you! Baking totally stresses me out! But any cookie from North Dakota is worth a try (my mom’s side of the family is from ND).


  14. Erica
    Dec 07, 2011 @ 3:04 pm

    Do you have that clear plastic collar that goes around the bowl on the mixer? It’s supposed to help you add ingredients (like flour) while the mixer is running without spilling it. My mixer came with it, but you can probably get one if yours didn’t. It works really well, though it doesn’t prevent ALL flour-related mess! That would be a baking miracle!


  15. catherine (FOOD SNOB)
    Dec 07, 2011 @ 5:24 pm

    My kitchen pretty much looks like that every time I bake. :) That’s what the dishrag is for, right? :)


  16. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
    Dec 07, 2011 @ 6:14 pm

    those kind of cookbooks are the best! and p.s. my kitchen always looks like that when i bake, haha :)


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