Sour Cream Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing

These Sour Cream Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing are an amazing Christmas dessert idea when paired with Christmas tree cookie cutters.

 

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing

A quintessential part of Christmas baking is the Sugar Cookie.  I am not sure I have ever seen a Christmas Cookie plate lacking some type of fun shaped sugar cookie.  These Sour Cream Sugar Cookies are really special because of the Sour Cream, it really elevates the flavour of the sugar cookies and makes them unbelievably good.  I know, I know when you think of sour cream, cookies are probably the furthest from your mind.  Trust me though!  These are beyond amazing! I went a little further this year and iced them with a cream cheese icing  although I left about half of them bare because honestly they are just so good as is!  The sour cream icing is a really great option for those who have yet to master the art of royal icing.  (Me!)

 

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing

You will notice that I used Gay Lea’s Gold Premium Sour Cream in the recipe.  It is Gay Lea’s thickest, richest sour cream made with only 3 simple ingredients.  It is so decadent and so delicious you could almost mistake it for Creme Fraiche.  I was honestly eating what was left in the container with a spoon. What a treat!   It’s also Nut-free and certified Kosher but unfortunately only available in Ontario.  (Sorry everyone else!)

 

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing

Ingredients:

1 cup Gay Lea Salted Butter 
1 1/2 cups Sugar
2 Egg yolks
1 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Baking soda
1 tsp Baking powder
1 cup Gay Lea Gold Premium Sour Cream
4 1/2 cups Flour

For the icing:

1/2 cup Gay Lea Salted Butter 
8 ounce container of Cream cheese (room temperature)
1 tsp Vanilla
2 Cups Powdered Sugar
Food Colouring (Optional)

 
Directions:

Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. 

Mix in egg yolks, vanilla and sour cream.

Mix in dry ingredients in small additions at a time until well combined.

Cover dough and refrigerate for 3-4 hours or until firm.

Preheat Oven to 350°F.

Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to about 1/4 inch thick.

Cut out with cookie cutters of your choice and transfer to ungreased baking sheets. ( I used this exact Christmas tree cookie cutter)

Bake for 10 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned.

Cool on wire rack until ready to ice.

 

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing

For the icing:

Whisk butter, cream cheese, and vanilla together.

Mix in powdered sugar gradually, until well blended to the desired consistency.

Add a few drops of food colouring at a time until you reach your desired colour.

Ice cookies using an icing tip of our choice by following the outline first , colouring in and then decorate with sprinkles.

 

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Gay Lea Salted Butter
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 2 Egg yolks
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 cup Gay Lea Gold Premium Sour Cream
  • 4 1/2 cups Flour
For the icing
  • 1/2 cup Gay Lea Salted Butter
  • 8 ounce container of Cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • Food Colouring Optional
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  2. Mix in egg yolks, vanilla and sour cream.
  3. Mix in dry ingredients in small additions at a time until well combined.
  4. Cover dough and refrigerate for 3-4 hours or until firm.
  5. Preheat Oven to 350°F.
  6. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to about 1/4 inch thick.
  7. Cut out with cookie cutters of your choice and transfer to ungreased baking sheets.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned.
  9. Cool on wire rack until ready to ice.
  10. Sour Cream Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing
For the icing
  1. Whisk butter, cream cheese, and vanilla together.
  2. Mix in powdered sugar gradually, until well blended to the desired consistency.
  3. Add a few drops of food colouring at a time until you reach your desired colour.
  4. Ice cookies by following the outline first and then colouring in and then decorate with sprinkles.
Sour Cream Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing

Decorating these are so much fun.  I had Keira help me decorate some of them once I had iced them and she had a real blast.  Pretty much anything goes and you can do these for any season or holiday, it doesn’t need to be Christmas, although the over the top and seriously decadent flavour makes it perfect for Christmas dessert!

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing

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Sour Cream Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing

 

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing

 

These Sour Cream Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing are an amazing Christmas dessert idea when paired with Christmas tree cookie cutters.

 

 

Disclosure: I am part of the Gay Lea Ambassador Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

 

 

101 thoughts on “Sour Cream Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing

  1. I love all kinds of shortbreads. Plain, with nuts, with chocolate, cranberries and chocolate. So that is what I would make. Saving the recipe you shared too. Sounds delicious

  2. I make a kind of blueberry cheesecake that I call Blueberry Yum Yum, and everyone goes crazy for it every year. I save it for once a year, just to make it seem that much more special. 🙂

  3. Not really a holiday dessert, but I’m a freak for coconut cream pie. I’m the only one in the house that likes it, so it’s not something I make very often. But, during the holidays, bring it on, I offer everyone that walks through the door a slice just so I can make another lol

  4. I haven’t made anything special in a while, but I loved making sugar cookies when I was small. Using cookie cutters was so much fun!

  5. Why is Gay Lea’s Gold Premium Sour Cream only available in Ontario? Is this a trial run that they’re doing to see if sells well enough?
    These do sound amazing and next Christmas I’ll be trying out your recipe 🙂

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