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    filed under: Sugar Cookies on March 6, 2018

    Always a kid favorite, this sugar cookie recipe with a pink sugar cookie frosting are my go-to! Perfect pink frosting swirls paired with the best basic sugar cookie… it’s SO GOOD!

    Sugar Cookies

    Sugar Cookies

    You may have noticed these cookies look a lot like the iconic Swig Cookies. They are 100% inspired by that design! However, having not actually ever eaten a Swig Cookie, I can’t claim that they are a copycat. I can claim that they are amazingly delicious and always the hit of any gathering! (Or just after school snacks!)

    This sugar cookie recipe does have a few untraditional ingredients like powdered sugar (in the cookie!), cream of tartar, and oil. However, it all comes together perfectly to create the best sugar cookie you will try!


    Sugar Cookie Recipe

    Sugar Cookie Frosting

    Just like the sugar cookie recipe, this frosting recipe has an ingredient that might surprise you! It’s sour cream! I absolutely love what it does to this frosting. I added the smallest amount of red food color to the frosting to create this glorious pale pink color. The combination is truly fabulous!

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    How to Make Sugar Cookies

    I recommend using a stand mixer for this sugar cookie recipe as you really need the ingredients to be evenly incorporated and to be mixed just long enough. I watch my mixer pretty close after all ingredients are added and wait for it to pull away from the sides of the bowl. (much like bread dough does)

    I also like to make sure they are as consistent in shape and size as possible. Using a scoop makes this possible! Simply scoop the dough and then level it on the side of the bowl. Drop the dough onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Once your sheet is full, roll each ball in your clean hands until they are round and smooth. Then, with a kitchen glass that has granulated sugar on the bottom, press down into the cookie dough ball. Repeat that on all your cookies and they will all come out the same size!

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    How to Frost Sugar Cookies

    This frosting is so gloriously smooth and creamy it is really easy to use!~ I just put a dollop on an offset spatula then smooth it around the center indentation of the cookie. For the final “swoop”, I hold my offset spatula steady, turn the cookie one direction, then turn it back in the other, moving the spatula slightly lower. It sounds complicated, but it’s really quite easy once you get the hang of it. The best part is that practicing is fun and you get to eat any mistakes!

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    5 from 4 votes
    Sugar Cookie with Sugar Cookie Frosting
    Prep Time
    20 mins
    Cook Time
    12 mins
    Total Time
    32 mins
    Servings: 22 cookies
    Author: Amanda
    Sugar Cookie
    • 1 c (2 sticks or 226g) unsalted butter, softened
    • 1 1/4 c (250g) granulated sugar
    • 3/4 c (94g) confectioners sugar
    • 3 (6 ounces) eggs, room temperature
    • 3/4 c (168g) vegetable oil
    • 1 tsp. cream of tartar
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 5 1/2 c (688g) all-purpose flour
    Sugar Cookie Frosting
    • 1/2 c (113g) unsalted butter, softened
    • 3/4 c (173g) sour cream
    • 4 c -5 cups 440-550g confectioners sugar
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • red food color
    Sugar Cookie
    1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
    2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine butter, granulated sugar, confectioners sugar and mix until just combined.
    3. Drizzle in oil and pour in eggs and mix well.
    4. In a bowl add the cream of tartar and salt to the flour and roughly sift.
    5. Slowly add the flour to the butter mixer and allow the mixer to combine until the dough pulls away from the sides of the mixer bowl.
    6. Using an ice cream/cookie scoop, scoop out golf-ball size portions on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
    7. Roll out each cookie dough ball until it is smooth and round.
    8. Using a kitchen glass that has been pressed into granulated sugar, press down on each cookie dough ball until the center of the cookie is pressed flatter than the edges. Repeat this on all cookies.
    9. Bake for 8-12 minutes or until edges are just slightly starting to brown and center no longer appears wet.
    Sugar Cookie Frosting
    1. In a clean bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine butter, sour cream, and salt.
    2. Once ingredients are fully incorporated, start adding the confectioners sugar, about a 1/2 cup at a time. (You may not need all 5 cups. Keep an eye on the frosting to determine when it has reached your desired consistency. If it gets too be too thick you can add some milk to loosen)
    3. Add in a few drops of red food coloring for the soft pink color.
    4. Spread on cooled cookies using an offset spatula.

    Recipe inspired by Swig Sugar Cookies.

    Try my perfect Cut-Out Sugar Cookies & Sugar Cookie Icing or Easy Sugar Cookies for more fun baking!

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    They look great and I am going to try them out tomorrow. I love the video, easy to follow. Thanks for sharing.

    I never heard of a “swig” cookie but I have been making these cookies for over 25 years! I never put frosting on them. I sprinkled colored sugar on top. They are my favorite cookies of all cookies and always will be!

    You don’t add vanilla or another flavoring to the cooked or frosting?

    Can I omit the cream of tartar?

    So nice to make for young ladies party ! Thank you so much !

    I was wondering if these cookies are soft? They look like the kind you get from the grocery store and are soft and have icing on them.

    nice! Thank you for this <3

    Thank you! I will make them tomorrow. Why can you not use all butter instead of butter and oil?

    I made these today and they are not a very sweet cookie. I began looking up other recipes for the Swig sugar cookies and they all call for 1 1/4 cups of sugar. Is the 1/4 cup in this recipe in error?

      Don’t forget the confectioners sugar. 🙂

      Were they hard or soft cookies?

      If you will add a tiny bit of salt and/or lemon juice to the cookie dough it will cut the sweetness. Use a very light hand and you will not taste the lemon at all.

    My pet peeve when someone posts a recipe is that they ask if they can change the recipe…or give wonderful reviews but said they changed this or that. Just follow the recipe! And yes, you need cream of tartar in this recipe. I’ve been making them for years.

    These cookies look delicious! Can’t wait to try them!!

    2nd attempt to leave a comment. Can this dough be made ahead and frozen; can the cookies be frozen; what is the best way to store these in fresh baked state? They look so good, and I’m thinking of making them for the next church supper.

    These look wonderful. Does the icing harden at all for stacking, and can they be frozen after they are iced?

    The cookies looks yummy. Do you have a recipe for peanut butter cookies. Love peanut butter cookies.

    how many people does it serve?

    Are these a soft sugar cookie or more on the crisp side? Recipe looks delicious!!

    Do the cookies need to be in the refrigerator since it has sour cream?

    Sugar cookies came out fantastic. Thanks.

    Hi Amanda! What could I replace the sugar, and confectioners sugar. With? I’m diabetic, but these cookies look great.

      Honey, If you’re a diabetic then you should not be eating a SUGAR cookie, let alone trying to substitute SUGAR in a SUGAR COOKIE….. Come on now….

        Diabetics can eat sugar. True, they need to do it in moderation, and they frequently do substitute ingredients to make some dishes safer for them. Taking medication properly and listening to the doctor are also other tips for diabetics. My dad has diabetes, and he even drinks Ginger Ale. He is very blessed to do well and have very few complications.

    I made these and brought them to an office party…everyone is asking for the recipe! I’m giving YOU credit, Amanda…

      Awww… thank you! Sounds like YOU made a wonderful treat for your coworkers! <3

    Can the cookies sit out as they have sour cream in the icing or do they have to be refrigerated

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