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A Variety of Swig Sugar Cookies on a Plate
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4.50 from 8 votes

Original Swig Sugar Cookies

Swig Cookies are all the rage in Utah and now you can make them at home! Cold, rich, buttery cookies topped with flavored, creamy frostings.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sugar cookies, Swig Cookies
Servings: 24
Calories: 599kcal
Author: Erica Walker


For the Frosting:


  • Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
  • In a stand-mixer or large mixing bowl, combine butter, oil, sugar, powdered sugar, and water. Cream together and slowly add in eggs.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Mix well and slowly add to the butter/sugar mixture until combined and doughy.
  • Roll dough into golf-ball sized balls and place on non-stick cookie sheet or cookie sheet lined with a silicone baking mat.
  • Dip the bottom of a glass into excess sugar and press on to each dough ball (re-dipping in sugar each time) to flatten the cookie. Press lightly because you don't want your cookie to be too thin.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes or until bottom is lightly golden-brown. Do not over-bake. Set aside to cool.

For the frosting:

  • Cream together butter, sour cream, and salt. 
  • Slowly add powdered sugar and mix until desired consistency (you may not need it all). 
  • Add milk to thin if needed. 
  • Mix in food coloring to desired hue. 
  • Spread over cooled cookies and serve!



Calories: 599kcal | Carbohydrates: 103g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 234mg | Potassium: 58mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 79g | Vitamin A: 420IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1.5mg