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Apr 09

Perfect Sugar Cookies

I love sugar cookies. They’re one of my absolute favorites. The only thing I don’t like about them? Rolling the dough.

That’s why this recipe is perfect for me. If you’re a drop-cookie girl like me, they’re perfect for you too!

These are the perfect sugar cookies! No rolling and no chilling of the dough!

I’m super excited today. It’s Lisa’s baby shower day!

Almost two years ago I got an email from a reader. She had read my infertility post and wrote to me about it. Of course, touched that someone had taken the time to write me an email, I visited her blog, Wine & Glue. And I never left.

Lisa is one of the most inspirational people I know, and her blog reflects that. Since that email she and I have become fast friends. I know I can count on her anytime I need her. I was even able to meet her last October and from the second she sat down in my car it was nonstop talk until I dropped her back off at her hotel. We didn’t even stop to take a photo!

I am so happy for Lisa and her family and this new little life they’re bringing into the world. Some day soon I hope we can get our kids and husbands together and drink cocktails, eat pie, and eat cookie butter from the jar with a spoon.

Until then, congratulations Lisa! I’d give you a hug if we weren’t so damn far away from each other!

I hope you like the cookies I brought to your shower today!

These are the perfect sugar cookies! No rolling and no chilling of the dough!

I’ve made these sugar cookies a few times now. They’re actually based on a recipe in my cookbook (hopefully out this fall). These are the perfect sugar cookies for several reasons:

1. You don’t have to roll them. That means flour stays in your flour bin and does not get all over you, the floor, the counter, and the dog.

2. I put almond extract in them. It’s optional, but wow does it make them good. (FYI, I could drink almond extract…if it tasted like it smelled, that is.)

3. It doesn’t need chilling. I KNOW, right? #soawesome #sounlikeme

4. The frosting makes the cookies. I’m one of those people that is iffy about store-bought sugar cookies because either the cookie together with the frosting is just too much. But these? The cookie is just sweet enough that you could eat it alone, but the sweet frosting makes it perfect.

5. You can load them with sprinkles for any occasion. Easter, 4th of July, Halloween, Christmas, pink for a baby shower…

These are the perfect sugar cookies! No rolling and no chilling of the dough!

FYI, it’s possible to eat about 6 of these in one sitting, not that I’d know or anything.

They’d be perfect for a baby shower. I know you’d love them Lisa! xoxo

**Update** For a funfetti cookie twist, skip the frosting and add sprinkles to the batter!

The PERFECT Sugar Cookies - skip the frosting and add sprinkles to the batter!

Perfect Sugar Cookies

Yield: 24 cookies


For the Cookies:

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour

For the Frosting:

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • Pinch of salt, optional
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 5-7 teaspoons milk (regular, low-fat, or fat-free)
  • Sprinkles and/or food coloring, if desired


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two cookie sheets with silpat liners or parchment paper.
  2. Cream butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat in egg and both extracts. (Almond extract is optional, but adds amazing flavor!) Mix in baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Slowly mix in flour. **See note for a fun funfetti twist**
  3. Scoop 2 tablespoon balls of dough (use a cookie scoop if you have one) onto cookie sheets.
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes (10 for slightly underdone, 11-12 for more done). I like to take them out as soon as the bottom starts to turn brown (about 10 minutes for my oven). Cool 5 minutes before removing from cookie sheets. Place on a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
  5. Make the frosting: Beat butter until creamy with a hand or a stand mixer. Mix in salt if desired. Slowly add in powdered sugar until mixture is crumbly. (It will be very crumbly if using a hand mixer, more smooth if using a stand mixer.) Add vanilla and 3 teaspoons milk. Mix until the frosting comes together and becomes smooth, adding additional teaspoons of milk as needed for consistency. If you want your frosting to be a color, tint it now.
  6. Frost cookies and decorate with sprinkles. Store at room temperature loosely covered. Frosting will semi-dry and cookies are stackable but some frosting may transfer.


For a funfetti twist, skip the frosting. Add 1/4 cup rainbow sprinkles to the batter in step 2, after all ingredients are mixed together. Then bake as directed. No frosting needed!

Please join us in celebrating a virtual baby show from Lisa of Wine and Glue. If you didn’t know already, it’s a girl!

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Thanks for reading!

46 comments on “Perfect Sugar Cookies

  1. Almond extract in sugar cookies is the best kept secret! It makes them SO delicious!
    These really do look perfect Dorothy and I am so in love with the no chilling thang! Perfect!
    Pinned 🙂


  2. Aww these cookies look so delicious. I love almond extract, it’s my go to when making frostings


  3. Dorothy, what a lovely post! I mean, the cookies look fantastic, but your story about how you and Lisa became friends is so wonderful. I wish women sat down and talked about their struggles together more. There’s this idea out there that a lot of what we go through (miscarriages, body image issues, and so forth) is taboo for discussion, but instead of coping alone, we should support one another.
    Anyway, happy baby shower to Lisa, and thanks for sharing these cookies! I love that the flour won’t get everywhere. But let’s face it, flour always gets everywhere. At least with me. 🙂


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 9th, 2014 at 6:01 pm

      Exactly! I love how blogging has helped me form real friendships with so many women!


  4. These cookies look amazing! I love that they’re drop cookies!


  5. LOVE YOU Dorothy!!! Thank you!!! I was so overwhelmed to wake up to this this morning!! You guys are all so amazing. I love these cookies. Sugar cookies are totally my downfall. And the fact that you put almond extract in them makes me love you even more than I already do!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 9th, 2014 at 6:01 pm

      You’re so sweet! Thanks Lisa! xoxo


  6. Oh yea, almond extract is the jam! I’m loving these cookies! And what a cool story about how you and Lisa “met” – both online and in person. 🙂


  7. it’s impossible to roll out dough and not cover the kitchen with flour 🙂 If I wasn;t headed to the beach in two days, I;d be making and eating these today


  8. This is such a great surprise for Lisa!! These cookies look amazing!!


  9. They do look totally perfect! I love that they’re drop cookies and not cut-outs. time for all of that! They would totally melt in my mouth along with that frosting 🙂


  10. Isn’t it amazing who we can meet through blogging? What a neat friendship! I haven’t checked out her blog yet, but I’m heading there next! These cookies look SO amazing, Dorothy, I can’t think of a better cookie to celebrate with. So thick and soft and delicious!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 9th, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      Thanks Mary Frances! You’ll love her!


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  12. These DO look like the perfect sugar cookies! Wow talk about super thick! (Just how I love cookies!) And yay for Lisa’s baby – what a fun idea to do a virtual shower! Pinned 🙂


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 9th, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      Thanks for the pin Chelsea!


  13. Yea! Another Steve Jobs-style give us what we didn’t know we needed. I can’t wait to make these – they look easy and delicious. And congrats to Lisa on her baby-on-the-way!


  14. That was such a touching post Dorothy!! I loved reading about how your friendship with Lisa developed! So cool that you were able to meet! Sugar cookies are one of my all time favorite treats. I love how thick and soft looking you made these!!


  15. No chill time?? That’s MY kind of cookie!!!! #heckyesplease


  16. What a wonderful post, so sweet. These sugar cookies look so springy with the sprinkles.


  17. You’re killing me with these! I am trying not to each sugar during the week and this recipe is making my mouth water


  18. I pretty much avoid sugar cookies at all costs because I hate rolling the dough. Saving this recipe for sure!


  19. Love your blog! Could you describe the texture of these? Chewy, soft, “loft house” style, or crispy? Thanks!


  20. Sugar cookies are perfect for all kinds of celebrations…. new babies, special friendships! Just color coordinate the frosting and sprinkles for the holiday or event and you are in business. Drop sugar cookies instead of cut-out?! Yes! Time saving too! 🙂 These look so thick and chewy, I can’t wait to try them!


  21. No rolling or chilling? That sounds like the best kind of sugar cookie! And of course sprinkles always make it better!!!!


  22. Ooooooo…. these look amazing, Dorothy! I love how thick & soft the look. Pinned for sure! 🙂


  23. Amazeballs! I love sugar cookies 🙂 I’m so making these for my momma, who could put down more than is humanly possible.


  24. These cookies look fabulous Dorothy! And you are so right, almond extract in a sugar cookie is a MUST! Pinned!


  25. MMM these are my fave, and I love sprinkles!! 🙂


  26. Love these cookies, Dorothy! The fact that you don’t have to roll them definitely bumps them up SEVERAL notches….rolling is for the birds! So happy to be part of Lisa’s shower with you!!


  27. Dorothy, I’m SO incredibly happy for you to have found such a sweet friend! It’s hard to live far apart from each other, but with how kind and thoughtful you are, Lisa will definitely love and appreciate your gorgeous cookies. Almond extract is my favorite thing ever! Back when I was a chemist, I worked with this chemical called benzaldehyde, and it smelled exactly like almond extract. I would always take an extra long time measuring out the liquid and putting the cap back on the jar. It’s still my favorite scent! If only they made a perfume that smelled like almond extract…


  28. They look wonderful! I’m right there with you – love them but hate rolling and cutting. I’ll have to try these next. Thanks!


  29. These are so good! I made these last night for my family and they ate them all in 5 minutes. I have to say that I ate quite a few myself. Thank you for all the recipes. I use them once a week for a treat for my family! Thank you for adding a little sweetness to my week!


  30. I love the story of how you and Lisa met, that is so sweet and yay for this virtual baby shower. The frosting and sprinkles make these perfect for this special occasion and they really do look like the perfect sugar cookie 🙂 I love that you don’t have to chill or roll them and they still come out nice and thick – pinned 🙂


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  37. Just wondering, are these cookies soft or crunchy?


    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 5th, 2016 at 7:09 pm

      Soft with a chewy exterior!


  38. Thank you Dorothy.


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