Everyone needs a good go to sugar cookie recipe, and this is it. If you live in Utah, then you’ve probably tried the amazing Swig Drive Through Stop sugar cookie, they’re the best! If you don’t live in Utah (or even if you do), you’ll want to make these at home and share with your family and friends, they’ll love you forever!
Because I love a good cost breakdown. At Swig the cookies cost $1.60. The cookies at Swig are bigger in size than the size of cookies we’re making here, but if you make them at home, you can make about 4 dozen cookies for the cost of 4 cookies at Swig. Plus they’re meant to be kept refrigerated and they freeze great too, so you can share right away, or stow away for a special occasion, like a party or a baby shower.
Do you store your butter in the freezer? I do, especially when I buy it in bulk. So if you’re like me, you’ll need to allow that rock hard frozen butter to come to room temperature. So if you want to make these cookies today…(you do, you really do!), go ahead and get three sticks of butter out of the freezer right now.
Here’s a look at all the ingredients all in one place…”mise en place” as the french like to call it: meaning to get all your measured and prepared ingredients ready before you start cooking or in this case baking. I love doing this.
This recipe calls for room temperature eggs, but my eggs are always ice cold in the fridge. Here’s a quick tip for bringing eggs to room temp quickly: drop them into a glass jar filled with hot water from the tap. Let them sit in the water while you measure and prep all your other ingredients until you need them.
Okay, here’s the recipe:
- Dry ingredients:
- 6 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon cream of tarter
- Wet ingredients:
- 2 sticks (salted) butter (1 cup), room temperature
- ¾ cup vegetable oil
- 1¼ cup sugar
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- For the Icing:
- 1 stick (salted) butter, room temperature
- ⅓ cup sour cream
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2-3 tablespoons milk
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla
- 1 – 2 drops red food coloring
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a mixing bowl with a metal whisk, mix together flour, salt, baking soda, and cream of tarter. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a standing mixer, cream together the butter and sugars for 2 minutes. Slowly stream in the oil while beating. Add the water and vanilla and then beat the eggs in one at a time until combined. Now add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients a little at a time, mixing until combined (scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed).
- Using a 1½inch ice cream scoop, scoop out the cookie dough into uniform sized scoops onto a parchment lined baking sheet pan. 12 cookies per pan. With this size of ice cream scoop, you can get about 40 to 48 cookies from this recipe.
- Place 2 tablespoons sugar in a small dish with a pinch of salt, use more if needed. Take a drinking glass or something about 2 inches in diameter (I used an empty Star Bucks frappuchino glass…you know the kind shaped like an old fashioned milk glass?…it worked great!). Dip it into the sugar (you may need to press the glass into the first cookie dough scoop to grease it up for the sugar to stick to the glass). Press the glass into the cookie dough scoops to form a jagged edge around the cookie. The dough will spill past the edge of the glass. You might need to use your fingers to press pieces of the dough back into the cookie. Repeat this process of dipping the glass into the sugar and pressing it into each scoop of sugar cookie dough.
- Bake the cookies for only 8 minutes. You don’t want to over bake. You can either let them cool right on the pan (because they are not baked that long in the oven, that is if you have enough baking pans for the rest of the cookies…this is what I did), OR you can gently move the cookies onto a cooling rack and let them cool completely this way.
- For the Icing:
- Cream the butter, sour cream, and salt together. Add powdered sugar a little at a time, alternating with adding the milk. Add extra milk or powdered sugar if needed to reach your desired consistency. Add food coloring and vanilla and mix until combined. Using a rubber spatular add a big dollop of icing onto each cookie. With the backside of a spoon, spread the icing over the center circle of the cookie. Let the icing dry and set to the touch and then store in an air-tight container in the fridge. I used a 9×13 glass pyrex dish with plastic wrap over the top and parchment sheets between the stacked cookies, and it worked great.These cookies are served chilled because of the sour cream in the pink frosting.
The ice cream scoop is such a time saver!
Don’t worry…those little cookie dough pieces will get pressed back into the cookie.
This empty Star Bucks glass is the perfect 2-inch diameter for each cookie.
Now press the glass into each cookie, leaving the sugar crystals around that jagged edge.
Here’s when you can press the pieces of dough back into the cookie.
While the cookies cool, you can mix up the pink icing. Gather all the ingredients…this is also a great way to make sure you have everything you need before you start.
The sour cream in this icing/pink frosting makes it taste so good!
If you do use a cooling rack, these parchment sheets are nice for moving all the cookies over to the cooling rack at once!
I hope you make them! They taste great cold with a big glass of milk!
My favorite cookie baking tools and gadgets (affiliate links):