Swig Sugar Cookies

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Look no more; this is the best copycat recipe out there for the famous Swig sugar cookie! These Swig sugar cookies are perfectly soft and topped with the most delightfully sweet frosting that you will ever try. You will definitely not be able to stop at just one!

These cookies are perfection. Well, So are these classic chocolate chip cookies. Or these oatmeal cookies. Or how about these no-bake cookies?! Ok, ok, So I like cookies… try them all, and you’ll be one happy camper!

Sugar cookies with pink frosting on parchment paper and a cooling rack.

Sugar cookies are always a favorite of mine but have you had a Swig cookie or even heard of them? Well, they are pretty much the best sugar cookie in town and this is a copycat from the fun soda shop. I drove five hours just to get one and waited in line for 30 minutes just to eat one! And let me tell you, it was worth every second!! It is a soft and delicious cookie with its signature rough edge. The best part to me is the frosting.

I was so excited to make 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! I couldn’t get enough, and now I am so happy to say that you can have them in the comfort of your own home. No driving to get them!

Ingredients in Swig Sugar Cookies

The best part about these cookies is how easy they are! And I bet that you already have all of these ingredients in your kitchen. Check out the recipe card at the bottom of the post for exact measurements.

  • Butter: I used unslated butter and let it sit out on my counter so that it could soften before I mixed it in!
  • Vegetable Oil: This is what will make your cookies nice and soft!
  • Sugar: You MUST use sugar in sugar cookies!
  • Powdered Sugar: The powdered sugar is ultra sweet and adds in some extra flavor.
  • Water: I used cold water for the cookies.
  • Eggs: I like to use large eggs whenever I am baking!
  • Baking Soda: The baking soad will act as a leavening agent and help your cookies rise and get nice and soft.
  • Cream of Tartar: This prevents the sugar from crystalizing.
  • Salt: The salt enhances all of the flavors in the sugar cookies.
  • Flour: I used all purpose flour for these cookies and they turned out great!

Frosting:

  • Butter: Use unslated butter that is softened to room temperature.
  • Sour Cream: This is the secret ingredient in this delicious frosting!
  • Powdered Sugar: This adds a sweet taste and dissolves easily making the frosting smooth and creamy.
  • Salt: A pinch of salt brings out all of the delicious flavors of the cookies!
  • Milk: I used one percent milk but you can use whatever you have on hand.
  • Food Coloring: Red or pink food coloring will make these cookie exactly like the ones from Swig!

How to Make Swig Sugar Cookies

Trust me when I say that these will be one of the best sugar cookies that you will ever eat! Why else would I drive so far to get one? They are insanely delicious.

  1. Prep and Mix Dry Ingredients: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cream of tarter, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Cream Wet Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, vegetable oil, sugar (1 ¼ C), powdered sugar, and water. Add in eggs.
  3. Combine: Slowly add in flour mixture until combined. Roll the cookie dough into golf sized balls and roll in the reserved ½ cup of sugar before place onto a non stick cookie sheet.
  4. Press Cookies: To give the cookies their signature rough edge, dip the bottom of a glass or flat measuring cup into the remaining sugar and press onto the cookie ball to flatten the cookie. You still want the cookie to be thicker so don’t press them too thin.
  5. Bake: Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the bottom is lightly brown. The centers should be just barely baked as they will continue to bake while they cool. Don’t overbake, or your cookies won’t be nice and soft!

To Make the Frosting 

  1. Mix and Frost: Cream together butter, sour cream, and salt. Add the powdered sugar and then add in the milk to the desired consistency. Add a drop of red food coloring to make the perfect pink frosting! Spread over cooled cookies.
4 pictures showing how to make sugar cookie dough.

Sugar Cookie Baking Tips

I love copycat recipes. Having delicious food that I can make from my own house and have it taste equally delicious as the restaurant (or better!) is the best. Here are a few tips to help this Swig sugar cookie recipe turn out just right.

  • Room temperature ingredients: Before mixing up your dough, take the time to set your ingredients out so that they can soften up. Room temperature ingredients mix up SO much better, and your dough and frosting will be so smooth with no lumps!
  • Don’t open the oven: So many people are tempted to open the oven to check out how their cookies are doing. Don’t do it! This causes the hot air to be released and can result in your cookies being baked unevenly. Use the oven light instead!
  • Do I have to chill the dough? Nope! Not with these cookies. All the more reason to make them right now!
The top view of Swig sugar cookies on a cooling rack, ready to eat.

How to Store Leftover Swig Sugar Cookies

Once you have frosted your Swig sugar cookies then you can store them in an airtight container on your counter. Just make sure to use a piece of parchment paper in between layers so that the frosting doesn’t stick to them all. The cookies will last about 3-5 days.

A stack of sugar cookies with a bite taken out of the top one.

Swig Sugar Cookies

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Look no more; this is the best copycat recipe out there for the famous Swig sugar cookie! These Swig sugar cookies are perfectly soft and topped with the most delightfully sweet frosting that you will ever try. You will definitely not be able to stop at just one! 
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 24 Servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar (reserve ½ cup)
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 5 1/2 cup Flour

Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk
  • red or pink food coloring

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, 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 roll in the reserved ½ cup of sugar before place onto a non stick cookie sheet.
  • To give the cookies their signature rough edge, dip the bottom of a glass or flat measuring cup into the remaining sugar and press it onto the cookie ball to flatten the cookie. You still want the cookie to be thicker, so don't press them too thin.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the bottom is lightly brown. The centers should be just barely baked as they will continue to bake while they cool. Don't overbake, or your cookies won't be nice and soft!

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.

Notes

Originally Posted on June 23, 2014
Updated on August 8, 2022

Nutrition

Serves: 24

Calories363kcal (18%)Carbohydrates60g (20%)Protein4g (8%)Fat12g (18%)Saturated Fat8g (40%)Polyunsaturated Fat1gMonounsaturated Fat3gTrans Fat0.5gCholesterol45mg (15%)Sodium316mg (13%)Potassium44mg (1%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar38g (42%)Vitamin A384IU (8%)Vitamin C0.01mgCalcium14mg (1%)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, swig sugar cookie
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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. I’m confused as to why you’ve listed yourself as the recipe’s author when this is someone else’s recipe? Her blog post also clearly requests that people not copy it as their own content as you have done. When I find bloggers that do this sort of thing it always bums me out. I won’t be back to your blog.

    1. Her original recipe was from somewhere else as well. I try to come up with original content but will give bloggers credit where credit is due. Many big bloggers do not do that and take popular recipes and just post them. I am sorry you won’t be back to my blog. 🙁

  2. I tried these out and they are delicious! My one problem was that although I pressed them down with the glass, they didn’t get that cracked look at all! What did I do wrong? My cookies are smooth on both the sides and the top.

  3. I made these for a dance. They were yummy. I didn’t have sour cream so I used strawberry Greek yogurt and it added a light pink color to the frosting.

    1. Ahahaha! I just went back and read over the recipe again. I only dipped my glass cup in salt. No sugar. LOL (I bake a LOT too. SMH) 😀

    2. Ok so someone else commented about it being salty! I don’t even remember them tasting to salty at all! I am going to have to make them again and double check!

  4. Very soft cookies need to cool in the pan – took the first batch off the cookie sheet when they came out of the oven and they crumbled. Darn I’ll have eat those.

  5. I would eliminate the salt completely from frosting….I only used 1/2 teaspoon of salt and added 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Salt a little over powering. Also added 1 teaspoon vanilla to dough and eliminated the water…good cookie base but frosting could be better.

  6. So delicious!! Took to a church activity and girls and leaders devoured them. Thank you so much for the great recipe!!! Will definitely use again.

  7. How many eggs do you need for this recipe.I think maybe 2 eggs. Please let me know I think I would like to try and make some this weekend with the grandkids they love to cook with me .

  8. The cookies were delicious! But for some reason the frosting didn’t turn out:(. I always replace plain yogurt with sour cream which may be the reason that it turned out soupy even without adding milk!. So disappointed….but used another frosting recipe and the cookies disappeared 🙂

  9. Top of the MORNING TO YOU I am not a person that can Bake BUT I did they came out GREAT I was a HERO at the PARTY for about an Hour Thanks TOOOOO MUCH for the RECIPE. 5 ***** STARS

  10. Such a sweet baby!! Congrats! Question on the cookies? No vanilla or almond extract? I’ve never made sugar cookies in my life without at least vanilla extract.

  11. To answer Bev’s question, cups are measured in ounces. 8 oz. is one cup. Powdered sugar is also called confectioner’s sugar. It is fine and looks like flour. I’m not sure what icing sugar is, but because powdered sugar is often used in icing, I’m sure it’s the same thing. I hope this helps. 🙂 Can’t wait to try this recipe!

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