This is a cake-like, moist cookie almost like the cookies we used to make with store-bought cake mixes. Except for the frosting, there are no flavors or spices-just brown sugar and butter which is a great combination.

Consider this a base recipe. If you choose, you can add vanilla, cinnamon or other spices or flavors. This is also a good cookie with nuts, chocolate chips, or cinnamon chips.


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Sour cream frosting (recipe follows)


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, and baking powder together.
  2. In another bowl, cream the butter with the brown sugar and salt. Add the eggs, one at time, beating after each.
  3. Add the dry ingredients alternately with the sour cream, starting and ending with the dry ingredients. Beat after each addition.
  4. Drop the dough by spoonful onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the edges are browned. Remove to a wire rack to cool. Frost after they have cooled completely using the following recipe.

Baker’s note: These cookies are neater and bake more evenly when they are all the same size. We used a one-ounce (1 1/2-inch diameter) spring loaded cookie scoop to make each cookie the same size.

Sour Cream Frosting

To make the sour cream frosting, cream 1/4 cup sour cream and two tablespoons butter. Add one teaspoon vanilla. Beat in 2 cups of powder sugar, a little at time, adding just enough milk-a spoonful at a time-to bring the frosting to spreading consistency. Tint with food coloring if desired.

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