This simple, not-too-sweet cookie recipe comes from author Elizabeth Gilbert's "At Home on the Range," a republication of her great-grandmother's 1947 cookbook.



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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a baking sheet and set aside.

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together sugar and butter. Add egg, sour cream, and vanilla, and mix until well combined. With the mixer on low, gradually add enough of the flour mixture to form a soft dough. You may have up to 1/2 cup flour mixture remaining. Transfer dough to refrigerator until chilled.

  • Place heaping teaspoons dough on baking sheet and sprinkle with sanding sugar. Transfer to oven and bake until light golden, 8 to 10 minutes.

Reviews (3)

149 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 29
  • 4 star values: 35
  • 3 star values: 47
  • 2 star values: 30
  • 1 star values: 8
Rating: Unrated
I love this recipe and so does everyone who tries it. We use it as a basic cookie and have make chocolate chip, pumpkin, zucchini, sugar, and holiday cookies. I've even used it for pie crust on a chocolate mousse pie.
Rating: 3 stars
Wonderful flavor, and very easy to make, but even w/o sanding sugar they're MUCH too sweet (and I'm no sugar-phobe). If I make them again (and I probably will), I'll cut the sugar by at least a third, from 1 cup to 2/3 cup. With less sugar, they'd be fantastic. I love the soft dough - a nice change from most cookie doughs, which tend toward concrete. Even using the full amount of flour, the dough is about halfway between an ordinary cookie dough and a cake batter. Very nice to work with.
Rating: Unrated
Delicate, buttery, delicious and so easy to make! I have to hide these because my family devours them with total lack of control! I would definitely add the vanilla as it creates that extra layer of flavor. My plan is to use almond extract and/or brown butter next time.