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Christmas Swig Cookies

Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 20 -24 cookies
Author Si Foster, A Bountiful Kitchen


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup crushed candy cane or Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips if you are doubling the recipe, one 10 oz bag is sufficient 
  • sugar for top of cookies

for frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • dash of salt
  • 1-2 drops red food coloring
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk if needed
  • sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 325 convection or 350 regular bake.
  2. Take butter out of refrigerator and microwave for about 15 seconds.
  3. Place butter, oil and cold sour cream in a mixing bowl.
  4. Mix for about one minute.
  5. Add sugar and vanilla extract, mix until smooth.
  6. Add all dry ingredients at once, including chopped candy cane or Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips.
  7. Mix just until flour disappears and the mixture comes together in a ball of dough, about 1 minute on very low speed.
  8. Spray the cookie scoop with a little cooking spray.
  9. Scoop the dough onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. I use a 2 inch scoop. A 2 inch scoop will produce a cookie similar in size to the Swig cookie. If you don't have a cookie scoop, use an ice cream scoop or roll the dough into a ball about the size of a golf ball. It is best to use a scoop and overfill it a bit to get the desired jagged edge.
  10. Place about ¼ cup sugar into a small bowl.
  11. Spray the bottom of a flat glass with cooking spray.
  12. Flatten one cookie a bit then dip the glass in sugar.
  13. Press the bottom of the glass against the cookie. Press the cookies so they are flattened a bit ( until the cookie dough just reaches the outside of the edge of the glass) twisting the glass as you press to produce a jagged edge.
  14. I bake 8 cookies per tray. Continue until all cookies are flattened.
  15. Bake in oven for about 10-12 minutes on convection or about 12-15 minutes regular bake or until edges are lightly golden and cookies are slightly firm to the touch.
  16. Remove from oven, let cool. Loosen the cookies from the cookie sheet after cooled a bit, or they will stick to the pan (even though it has been lightly greased).
  17. Place the cookies in the fridge and chill.

Prepare the frosting:

  1. Beat together the butter, sour cream, powdered sugar, vanilla and salt. When all ingredients are incorporated, add the drop of food coloring and a little milk if the frosting needs to be thinned.
  2. Frost after the cookies are completely chilled.
  3. Makes about 18 large cookies.

Recipe Notes


-If you cannot find the Andes peppermint baking chips use crushed candy cane, about 1/2 cup at most.

-The recipe looks a little long and maybe even complicated, but it's not. Once you get the hang of the technique for scooping and pressing, it takes less than a half hour to make and bake the entire batch.

-If you want the cookies to taste more like the original Swig cookies make this adjustment to the dough: Omit the vanilla extract and reduce the sugar to a total of ¾- 1 cup.I prefer the cookies to be sweeter, so I like 1½ cups of sugar in the dough. 1½ cups of sugar may sound like a lot, but consider traditional chocolate chip cookies have 1½ to 2 cups of sugar to 2¼ cups of flour. The ratio here is 1½ cups sugar to 4½ cups flour.

-This cookie measures about 3¾ to 4 inches across when finished baking.

-The St. George Swig cookie is frosted with quite a thin layer of frosting. I prefer my frosting to be a bit thicker. If you want to frost the cookie with a thinner frosting, add about 3-4 tablespoons of milk to the frosting.

-This cookie stays quite well in the fridge for up to a month if kept in an air tight container. I frost the cooled cookies, then store them in the fridge. Once the frosting is set on the cookie, you may layer the cookies between sheets of parchment or wax paper. This allows you to stack the cookies without taking up too much space in the refrigerator.

-This cookie freezes well frosted or unfrosted.

-If you are making this for a gathering where there will be other desserts, use a smaller cookie scoop and bake for less time.

-See the post for information on purchasing the peppermint baking chips!