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Swig Sugar Cookies

Swig Sugar Cookies //

FRIENDS! Oh how I have missed you.

Swig Sugar Cookies //

We are six whole days into Texas living and although it’s been a really big adjustment, I’m loving it so far. I’m hoping to put more thoughts into words in a life-y post sometime soon, but for today, the focus is on THESE. FREAKING. COOKIES.

Swig sugar cookies. Have you heard of them? Chances are, if you’re not from Utah or if you’ve never lived there, you have no idea what I’m talking about. Lemme fill you in.

Swig Sugar Cookies //

Utah is filled with soda shacks/shops. The biggest soda shop chain over there is Swig, followed by Sodalicious (which is actually our personal favorite – yes, we have our loyalties) but there’s a lot of smaller ones, too. And they all do the exact same thing: sell soda with fun flavor shots and pebble ice (why is pebble ice THE BEST?!) with accompanying delicious cookies. And their soft-baked pink sugar cookies, in particular, are FAMOUS! Everybody loves these cookies, and I’ve been trying to replicate them for months. I was very nearly close to asking the people at the drive-up if they’d give me their recipe but chickened out. (#ugh)

Swig Sugar Cookies //

Luckily, however, after so very many batches of cookies, we came out on top.

These copycat Swig sugar cookies are thick, doughy, and topped with a generous layer of pink vanilla buttercream. And –> they’re served COLD! Who knew a chilled cookie could taste so good?! I swear they’re just like the real thing (and even better if you eat one with a Diet Coke in hand…)


Swig Sugar Cookies //

{adapted from vintage revivals}

Swig Sugar Cookies
Serves: about 24 cookies
  • 1 c unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 c granulated sugar
  • 1 c powdered sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • ¼ c sour cream
  • 1 t vanilla
  • ¾ c canola oil
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1 t salt
  • 6 c all-purpose flour, spoon & leveled
  • For the frosting:
  • 1 c unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4-5 c powdered sugar
  • 2 T sour cream
  • 4 T heavy cream
  • 2 t vanilla
  • pink food coloring
  • pinch salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl fitted for a stand mixer, with a cookie paddle attachment, combine butter and sugars. Beat for 1 minute.
  3. Scrape down the sides and, with the mixer on low, pour in the eggs one at a time, followed by the sour cream and vanilla, and beat for another 1-2 minutes, until light, smooth, & creamy.
  4. Slowly drizzle in all of the canola oil with the mixer on low. Scrape the sides of the bowl down and beat for another minute.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together baking powder, salt, and flour.
  6. Slowly add all of the flour to the wet ingredients, mixing on low until combined.
  7. Using a ⅓ cup as a measure, roll out balls of dough and place on a baking sheet lined with a nonstick mat or parchment paper. Chill for 30 minutes.
  8. With the bottom of a drinking glass, press down on each dough ball to flatten slightly & give the cookies their signature crinkled edges.
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until just cooked through but still slightly doughy in the center. Let sit on the baking sheet for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool thoroughly. Store in a tightly sealed container or bag in the refrigerator.
  10. For the frosting: with an electric hand mixer, cream together butter, 4 cups of powdered sugar, sour cream, heavy cream, and vanilla, until light & fluffy. If the frosting is too runny, add a little more powdered sugar. Then, add a pinch of salt and a drop or two of food coloring, and mix until the dye is evenly distributed. Frost the chilled cookies and enjoy!


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  • Reply
    Melissa R
    June 4, 2016 at 11:03 am

    I just saw this recipe on a buzzfeed list and SWIG caught my eye. I can’t wait to make these! I just moved to Austin from Utah. Do you have any dirty soda recipes?

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    April 30, 2016 at 7:36 am

    Oh my foodness!
    Yup, I’ve never actually heard of Swig, but I was immediately intrigued when I saw the title and photo of this post! The pink frosting actually makes me think that it’s going to be a raspberry/strawberry/some sort of berry-flavoured cookie, but it’s so surprising that it has sour cream instead! These look wonderful though! I think you did such a great job with them 🙂

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      May 1, 2016 at 3:34 pm

      Thank you so much, Avery! 🙂

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    April 27, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    Lucia these look amazing! And best cold?! These are totally gonna happen in the hot Indiana summertime that’s coming up 🙂

    • Reply
      April 27, 2016 at 6:27 pm

      Yes, isn’t that so crazy?! Cold cookies definitely do the trick on a hot day 😉

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    April 27, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    HI again. I just read one of your comments about Dental School. If I may be so bold, if you happen to feel a tug towards the U of M Dental School in Ann Arbor, you wont be disappointed. We have many couples in our Ward or who have spent time in our Ward, who are either in Dental or Medical School at the U of M and are graduates from BYU. It is a wonderful place to live, explore and enjoy. Plus, BIG BONUS, brace yourself—–Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods is right off the south side of campus. Ahhhh! Good luck with your year in Texas.

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      April 27, 2016 at 6:28 pm

      Aww Sydney, thanks for letting me know! I’ll pass this info onto my husband 🙂

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    April 27, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    “Swig” is now one of my new favorite words-ha! Not being from Utah, i have never heard about the soda shack/shops or these divine, famous cookies. Thanks for working out this recipe and letting us mid western home bakers in on the magic. Making these TODAY. Thanks.

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      April 27, 2016 at 6:33 pm

      Haha, isn’t it fun?! 😉 I hope you like them!!! Let me know how it goes 🙂

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    April 26, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    This is totally my favorite kind of cookie— soft and sugary with lots of creamy icing! That inner child in me want to eat, like 6 of these. Gahh so good!! So glad to hear the move went well and you guys are loving Texas! How long are you there for? I hear dental school is in the works… 😉

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      April 26, 2016 at 6:21 pm

      Thanks girl!!! 🙂 We’re planning on being in Texas for a year, and then moving wherever my husband gets into dental school! We’re applying pretty broadly across the US, so we could end up anywhere from Arizona to Pennsylvania! Exciting and scaring all at once 😉

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    Beverley @ Born to Sweat
    April 26, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    YUMMM. looking at these while im sitting at work is just SO unfair! they look amazing. i would love to sink my teeth into one (or three) of these

    • Reply
      April 26, 2016 at 6:22 pm

      Thank you, Beverley!!!

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    Alexa []
    April 26, 2016 at 6:35 am

    Ahh I can’t wait to hear more about your move! 😀 I seriously wish I could come visit you and bring you baked goods as a “happy move-in” treat! But Lucia. These cookies – they look incredible! That thick layer of icing, the soft cookie base. Sign me up!

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      April 26, 2016 at 6:23 pm

      I wish you could come visit and bring me baked goods, TOO! Hahaha 🙂

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