Painted Sour-Cream Sugar Cookies

These delicious, classic sugar cookies are perfect for baking in shapes for frosting.

Painted Sour-Cream Sugar Cookies
Prep Time:
40 mins
Chill Time:
1 hrs
Bake Time:
7 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • Dash salt

  • ½ cup dairy sour cream

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel

  • 2 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 recipe Royal Icing

  • Food coloring

Royal Icing

  • 3 tablespoon meringue powder or powdered egg whites

  • 4 cup (1-pound box) confectioners sugar,

  • 6 tablespoon water


  1. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in sour cream, egg, vanilla, and lemon peel until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill dough for 1 to 2 hours or until easy to handle.

  2. Preheat oven to 375°F. On a well-floured surface roll half of the dough at a time until 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Using desired cookie cutters, cut out dough. Place cutouts 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 7 to 8 minutes or until edges are firm and bottoms are very light brown. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool.

  3. Spread tops of cooled cookies with Royal Icing. Allow icing to dry completely. Using a small paintbrush, paint designs on each cookie with food coloring. Makes 48 cookies

Royal Icing

  1. Beat together meringue powder or powdered egg whites, confectioners sugar, and water in bowl until peaks form, 10 minutes.

Layer cookies between waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze unfrosted cookies for up to 3 months. Thaw cookies, frost with Royal Icing and decorate as desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

63 Calories
2g Fat
9g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 63
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 34mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 1g
Calcium 10.1mg 1%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Potassium 12mg 0%
Folate, total 12.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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