Swig Sugar Cookies

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The famous Swig Cookie Copycat recipe. Soft sugar cookie with amazing frosting!


Swig Sugar Cookies on a white plate.

I’m BACK! So much has happened in the last three weeks! I know I may be a little bias but I gave birth to the cutest most precious little girl that I have seen! We have been so in love with her since the minute she was born. We stare at her all day and can’t believe how perfect she is. She has brought so much joy into our house and her big brothers adore her just as much as we do! Here is a picture from her newborn pictures by KO Photography. Seriously perfect.

Baby photo.


Not only have we been adjusting to this cute little lady in our house, we made the move to North Carolina for the summer for my husbands job. We have been pretty busy the last few weeks. But we made it here and it is just as hot and humid as I remember. 🙂  Although it is supposed to be overcast for the next week so I get to take some more time off and enjoy it with my sweet babe.

What better way to celebrate her birth than to make some pink frosted Swig Cookies. Have you had a Swig cookie or even heard of them? Well they are pretty much the best sugar cookie known to man. I drove five hours just to get one and waited in line for 30 minutes just to eat one! It is a soft and delicious cookie with its signature rough edge. The best part to me is the frosting. I couldn’t get enough of this cookie.

I was so excited to find this copycat recipe and see if it was just as good as the Swig Cookie that I drove five hours for! It was perfect. Just as soft and delicious as I remember and the frosting was the bomb!


Swig Sugar Cookies

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The famous Swig Cookie Copycat recipe. Soft sugar cookie with amazing frosting!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 24 Servings


  • 1 Cup Butter softened
  • 3/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 1/4 Cup Sugar plus ¼ cup reserved
  • 3/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoon Water
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cream of Tarter
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 5 1/2 Cup Flour


  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 3/4 Cup Sour Cream
  • 5 Cups powdered Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 Cup Milk
  • Red Food Coloring


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cream of tarter, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, vegetable oil, sugar (1 ¼ C), powdered sugar, and water. Add in eggs.
  • Slowly add in flour mixture until combined. Roll the dough into golf sized balls and place onto a non stick cookie sheet.
  • To give the cookies their signature rough edge, dip the bottom of a glass into the reserved ¼ cup sugar and press onto the cookie ball to flatten the cookie. You still want the cookie to be thicker so don't press them to thin.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the bottom is lightly brown. The cookies stay soft so do not over bake.

To make the frosting:

  • Cream together butter, sour cream, and salt. Add the powdered sugar. Add in the milk to the desired consistency. Spread over cooled cookies and store in an airtight container.


Serves: 24

Calories438kcal (22%)Carbohydrates61g (20%)Protein4g (8%)Fat20g (31%)Saturated Fat14g (70%)Cholesterol48mg (16%)Sodium332mg (14%)Potassium51mg (1%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar39g (43%)Vitamin A423IU (8%)Vitamin C1mg (1%)Calcium21mg (2%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cookies, sugar cookie recipes, sugar cookies
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. To heck with the cookies, your baby is adorable….:-). I guess I will try the cookies too as they sound wonderful…Thank you for sharing…

  2. I have heard of these cookies from another blog — she is a decorating blogger & does not even cook but made some of these & put them on her blog. They look delicious. Pinning & will definitely make some!

  3. Have you got this recipe with the ingredients in oz or grams. Live in England and don’t understand the cup measurements and is powdered sugar, icing sugar?

    1. The baby picture is super adorable!!! What does the “Swig” mean on this recipe???? Anxious to try these as I love soft sugar cookies.

    2. Sorry, I don’t know how to convert her recipe, but did want to tell you yes, powdered sugar is icing sugar.

    3. Yes, powdered sugar is icing sugar in Canada and England. As for converting measurements there are a slew of websites that can do the conversion for you. Just remember that an English tablespoon is different than that of a US tablespoon.

    4. Yes, Icing sugar is the same as Powdered sugar. To convert Cups to Oz. you can go to calculateme.com or search converting cups to oz on you browser and you’ll find dozens of sites to help.

    5. Yes, powdered sugar is icing sugar. One cup here measures 250ml but in the USA I think it measures 225ml. Go to google and ask it to change measurements for you to the exact amount, that’s who I use and I’m in South Africa. Enjoy xx

  4. When you are doing your measurements the capital T and lowercase t is one tablespoons and the other teaspoon? I want to make sure that one being capital and others not that it wasnt a typo

  5. Made these last night. My husband loves them! I found them a touch salty. Is that their claim to fame?

  6. Made these today and they are AMAZING! Just wanted to let you know that you forgot the eggs in the actual recipe, I just added them to the creamed butter/sugar mixture – but in case you wanna fix it 🙂 Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  7. Alyssa, You’re little girl is absolutely gorgeous!! I’m so happy for you! So glad you posted a picture so I could have the chance to see her. I’ve been thinking about your boys a lot lately – I hope they are doing well. 🙂

  8. Add the eggs to step #2 in your instructions. Oops! I like my sugar cookie recipe better, but this one is fast. What is your favorite SWIG mixture? Thanks. S.

  9. Oh my goodness, what a beautiful, beautiful girl! I can see why it was love at first sight. And that flower garland? You’re killing me with cuteness! These cookies also make me swoon in a major way. Sugar cookies are my weakness 🙂

  10. Love your blog. 🙂 Your little girl is beautiful! Congratulations. A Swig Cookie? Never heard of it but can’t wait to try it. Yum!

  11. I have yet to try a Swig cookie, and it is totally on my bucket list! I guess I’ll be making yours until I can get my hands on the real thing!! I bet this recipe is even better than the original though 🙂 Pinned!

    1. What does “Swig” mean. They look really good. They look like the icing is flavored. Is it not.?

  12. Your daughter looks so much like you – beautiful! Congratulations!

    And I can’t wait to make these cookies!

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