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Soft & Chewy No Roll Sugar Cookies Recipe {Make Ahead}

This no roll sugar cookies recipe is a breeze to make! No rolling pin, no chill time and no fuss. Just easy soft sugar cookies you’re sure to love!

I love sugar cookies just as next as the next person. But when they’re easy old fashioned drop sugar cookies – well, now you’re talking my love language!

No Roll Sugar Cookies Recipe

This sugar cookie dough goes straight from the mixer onto a greased sheet pan. There’s no refrigeration time like a classic sugar cookie recipe. Drop sugar cookies onto the pan and get baking!!

No Roll Sugar Cookies Recipe

This recipe is one of my baking with kid recommendations. Unlike some sugar cookie recipes, no body parts or tree branches will be lost in the roll, cut and transfer process!

How do you decorate sugar cookies with sprinkles?

The beauty of this recipe is that you can dress these into Sprinkle Cookies no matter what the season by rolling them in sprinkles before baking.

As the cookies bake, they’ll spread into chewy sugar cookies with so much more flavor than rolled sugar cookies.

No Roll Sugar Cookie Recipe Ingredients

The ingredients in these soft sugar cookies are pretty standard.

  • Powdered sugar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Butter
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Lemon extract
  • Baking soda
  • Cream of tartar
  • Flour
no roll sugar cookies

Can I Freeze Sugar Cookies Before Baking?

Yes, you sure can! In fact, I highly recommend it and this is a prime cookie dough for freezing. I have two methods for freezing cookie dough.

Method 1: How to freeze uncooked cookie dough

Make the recipe as directed and before baking, scoop the dough portions onto a waxed or parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Flash freeze them for 60-90 minutes in the freezer before removing.

Place the frozen cookie dough into a labeled gallon-sized freezer bag. I like to add the date the cookies were made, too. Remove excess air and lay flat to freeze.

To bake the cookies from frozen just follow the baking instructions and add a few minutes to the cooking time.

These sugar cookies taste perfect and delicious and this is my preferred method.

Method 2: How to freeze baked classic sugar cookies

You can also freeze these sugar cookies after baking! Be sure to cool the baked cookies completely.

Place in an airtight container with layer of waxed paper or parchment between each layer. They’ll keep for 2-3 months.

To enjoy, just pull out the desired amount of cookies and thaw – then eat!


Can I make sugar cookies without baking powder or baking soda?

I mean, you could, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Both the baking powder and baking soda, along with the cream of tartar are what keeps these cookies light. Without them you’d have a dense cookie.

Why does sugar cookie dough have to be refrigerated?

Actually, it doesn’t! It all depends on the recipe. Some dough is looser than other and needs refrigeration time to set up. This way it doesn’t spread too much on the pan as it bakes.

But lucky for us, these cookies don’t require chill time, which means you’ll be on your way to sugar cookie bliss that much sooner!

Other cookie recipes you’ll enjoy:

When you make these soft chewy sugar cookies, leave a review below! I’d love to hear what you think!

no roll sugar cookies recipe
Yield: 24 cookies

No Roll Sugar Cookies Recipe

no roll sugar cookies recipe

This no roll sugar cookies recipe is a breeze to make! No rolling pin, no chill time and no fuss. Just easy soft sugar cookies you’re sure to love!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 1/2 cup flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer in a large bowl, combine powdered sugar, sugar, and softened butter. Mix well until combined.
  3. Add egg, vanilla and lemon extracts, baking soda, cream of tartar, and flour. Beat until mixed well.
  4. Using a tablespoon or a small cookie scoop, roll into balls and place on a greased cookie sheet. Flatten with a glass dipped in sugar.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes until cookies are just set. Remove and cool on a cooling rack.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 146Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 116mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 2g


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Tuesday 19th of November 2019

Thank you for making my holiday season that much easier by making these tasty and easy cookies!


Tuesday 19th of November 2019

The perfect cookie recipe! So excited to make these again, thank you!


Tuesday 19th of November 2019

These were so great! I made a double batch of the dough to freeze for later!


Tuesday 19th of November 2019

I love sugar cookies! This is on our calendar of stuff to do for Christmas! Can't wait to try this recipe!

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