1/2 teaspoon almond extract 

5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 

scant 1 teaspoon kosher salt 

1/2 teaspoon baking soda 

1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar 


4 tablespoons salted butter, room temperature 

6 tablespoons sour cream 

1/2 vanilla extract 

4 1/2 cups powdered sugar 

2 tablespoon milk 

food coloring


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use paddle attachment and cream together the butter, oil, sugar, powdered sugar, water, eggs, vanilla, and almond until smooth and creamy.  
  2. Turn off mixer. Add the flour, salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Turn the mixer on low, allowing it to just come together. Do not overmix. Just bring it all together and turn it off. It will be a bit crumbly looking. 
  3. Use medium cookie scoop (#24 size), leveled out, and place 8 cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet. Let them sit for 10 minutes so a bit of a crust forms then use a small cup dipped in sugar to press down in the center. 
  4. Bake for 8 minutes on the top rack of the top oven, then 4 minutes on the bottom rack, flipping the pan around 180 degrees. 
  5. Remove from oven and let sit on the pan for 7-8 minutes before moving to the counter to cool.
  6. Beat together the butter, sour cream, vanilla, powdered sugar, and milk until smooth. Add food coloring and mix. Adjust milk or powdered sugar if it is too thin or too thick. Use 1 ½ tablespoon scoop of frosting per cookie. Let the frosting set before packaging.


For the most authentic Swig cookie, refrigerate the finished cookies overnight for the more dense cookie that you get from the store. 


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About Carole Jones

Carole Jones is an Arizona-based cookbook author & food blogger. She's authored The 30 Minute Cooking From Frozen Cookbook and the self-published Take 5: Chicken e-cookbook. For the past 15 years, Carole has shared her culinary adventures cooking and baking for her six brutally honest children here on My Kitchen Escapades. Hot, crusty bread is Carole's love language, but her two adorable grandchildren are a close second. Yes, second. Don't judge.

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  1. Sarah says

    I ordered these all the time when your daughter made them in her cookie business! They are our favorite sugar cookies ever.

    • Carole says

      Hey Sarah! I remember 🙂 Now that we are in Arizona, I guess you’ll have to make them yourself now that you have the recipe

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