Mom-Mom Bessie's Sour Cream Cookies

Susan Bickta


One of the first things my husband raved about when I first met him (July 1977) was his grandmother's sour cream cookies. I had never heard of them and was anxious to try them. I had my first taste during Christmas of 1977. WOW!! Ron was right! These cookies are like little hand-held coffee cakes and just melt in your mouth. The cookies are soft and moist with the texture of a delicate white cake and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar (or Christmas red and green during the holidays). I don't know where she got the recipe, but it is an all-time family favorite!

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These easy Christmas cookies are so soft and fluffy they will amaze you. Usually, cookies deflate a little after they cool... but not these little cookies. They fluff up and hold their shape. The cookie is lightly sweet so topping them with sugar sprinkles, cinnamon sugar or light icing is perfect. You need to try these unique treats. The Test Kitchen


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  • 1/2 c
    butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 c
  • 2 large
  • 1 c
    sour cream
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 3 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1/3 c
    cinnamon sugar (to sprinkle on top)
  • 1/3 c
    green and/or red sugar for christmas (instead of cinnamon sugar)

How to Make Mom-Mom Bessie's Sour Cream Cookies


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment cooking paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the butter and sugar. Mix well.
  3. Add the eggs and beat by hand until well combined.
  4. Add the sour cream and vanilla and mix well. (Mixture will be very runny.)
  5. Add the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
  6. Mix well by hand.
  7. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheet, about 1 1/2 inches apart.
  8. Sprinkle GENEROUSLY with cinnamon sugar or colored sugar for holiday preparation.
  9. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until cookies are browned around the edges.
  10. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container.
  11. HINT: These cookies rise a lot!! Make sure to sprinkle generously with sugar and leave enough space between on cookie sheet. Amount of sugar called for in the recipe for decoration is approximate.

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About Mom-Mom Bessie's Sour Cream Cookies

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Heirloom

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