In my almost 3 years of blogging I have never posted a recipe (mostly because I don’t cook and use spatulas for stirring paint.) But I just have to share this recipe with you. I want you to know that now that I am sharing this recipe it was after months of research and about 10 extra lbs. and 15 different recipes. And literally this is the only one that I deem important enough to share. So please relish this moment because its never going to happen again.
There is a little shed in St. George called Swig. If you are ever in town it is a MUST stop. It is located on 1000 East just off of St. George blvd. (Order a cookie and a Dirty Dr. Pepper.) They sell drinks and baked deliciousness. There is always at least an 8 car wait, and everyone gets a sugar cookie. Everyone.
Update: There are now 2 locations! Who knew heaven could be in 2 places at once!!?? The second location just opened up at 287 West St George Blvd.
Swig cookies are my daughters favorite treats/rewards/bribes (and mine). Anyone who tastes a Swig Sugar Cookie will never be the same. They are literally life changing.
Now I am no Gail Simmons, but I am going to try my best to describe these bits of heaven to you. The cookie itself is crunchy and crumbly and buttery (sort of like shortbread) on the rough edges, while the center is soft and chewy. The frosting isn’t too sweet and the combo is well, the best cookie ever. The cookies need to be served cold with the frosting at room temperature to get the full Swig experience.
After a super long time of searching and trying out recipe after recipe that was supposed to be THE BEST SUGAR COOKIE EVER I was coming up empty handed. Until this weekend. I found the recipe. You MUST try these cookies, there is no if ands or buts (or butts) about it.
And I have never written a recipe tutorial…so sorry if this is awkward for everyone involved.
Please please do not copy this recipe and post it anywhere else online. If you love it as much as I do, and feel the need to share it with the world please respect my original content and just link to this post. Thanks!! xo
Swig Sugar Cookies
1 C Butter (room temperature)
3/4 C Vegetable Oil
1 1/4 C Sugar
3/4 C Powdered Sugar
2 T Water
1/2 t Baking Soda
1/2 t Cream of Tarter
1 t Salt
5 1/2 C Flour
Cream together Butter, Vegetable Oil, Sugars, Water, and Eggs.
Combine dry ingredients and slowly add to butter mixture.
Mix until everything is combined. Your dough should be a little crumbly and not sticky at all.
Roll a golf ball sized ball of dough and place it on your cookie sheet
Now its time to give these babies their signature rough edge. Put 1/4 c of sugar and a pinch of salt in a dish (this is in addition to the sugar and salt listed above.) Stick the bottom of a glass in it. This is going to be your cookie press.
Firmly press it into the center of your dough ball. You want your dough to spill out over the sides of the glass. If there is a lip its even better.
Bake at 350 for 8 minutes. They should just barely be browning on the bottom. Move cookies to a cooling rack. Once they are cool put them in the fridge.
Sour Cream Frosting
1/2 cup room temperature butter
3/4 C Sour Cream
Approx 1 2lb Package of Powdered Sugar (I never use the whole thing but love having extra on hand just incase I add to much milk!)
1 t salt
1/4 C Milk
Red Food Coloring
Start by creaming together butter and sour cream and salt. Slowly add powdered sugar. When it gets so thick its not frosting like add a splash of milk. Alternate this process until your frosting is the desired consistency. Add 1 drop of red food coloring and whip on high for 1 minute.
Keep cookies in a sealed container until they are ready to serve. The magic of a Swig Sugar Cookie is that the cookies are cold and the frosting is room temperature. Frost right before serving (if you make them in advance and need to refrigerate the frosting make sure you give it time to warm up before serving)
You would be crazy to not pin this for later (or for right now if you are uber motivated.)
Happy baking! (And in the spirit of full disclosure, I dont know if this is the actual Swig recipe, it was adapted from a combination of recipes including this one. )
Oh, and that hot pink straw in my pictures is actually a color pencil.