No Roll Sugar Cookies

Super easy and delicious NO ROLL Sugar Cookies with a delicious frosting. No rolling pin needed for these – just drop and bake!

We have so many sugar cookie recipes that we love, but this one is by far the simplest! Try our other variations including this Funfetti version, as well as our Strawberry Frosted Sugar Cookies.

AKA Drop Sugar Cookies

I may be slightly obsessed with Sugar Cookies. They are probably my favorite cookie of all, and I’m sure it has to be because there is a nice layer of delicious frosting on top. It may be the kid in me, but I simply LOVE a delicious and soft cookie covered in frosting and sprinkles!!

Over the years, my mom has tried so many recipes for sugar cookies and we have usually liked them all, but we have definitely picked out our favorites. The one I am sharing today just happens to be one of those “favorites” and it’s not just because they are finger-licking delicious, but because they are really simple.

As you see from the title above, these are No Roll Sugar Cookies (aka “Drop Sugar Cookies”) which means there is no rolling involved, you just plop the dough on the cookie sheet. Easy, right?

I love that these don’t need to be rolled because I feel like Sugar Cookies can be a little crunchy if you roll them too thin, and in my mind Crunchy Sugar Cookies are a no-go. I need them soft and I can tell you right now that these cookies are SUPER soft and seriously so delicious!

No roll sugar cookie dough

how to make drop Sugar Cookies

The best thing is that no rolling is involved!!

PREP. Preheat oven to 350. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.

COOKIE DOUGH. In bowl or stand mixer cream shortening, butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and extracts and mix well. Combine baking powder, salt and flour in a separate bowl. Gradually add to the wet mixture until blended.

BAKE. Using cooking scoop, lightly roll dough ball in hands, place on parchment paper lined baking sheet and press top of cookies half way down. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Tip: The use of butter and shortening help give these cookies a nice thick chewy cookie without the added chill time. If you want your cookies thinner just press down on the cookie dough ball a little more before baking.

No roll sugar cookies on a baking sheet

Recipe Tips + Tricks

Be sure to read these tips before making these cookies – they’ll help!

  • This recipe is easy to double for large parties or to freeze some for later.
  • Instead of frosting them, you can dip the top in sprinkles before baking
  • If you do not have parchment paper, simply spray the cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  • Don’t over mix! Beating too much air into the butter mixture can cause them to rise and fall flat. Also, over mixing the flour can activate the gluten too much yielding a tougher cookie.

Easy drop sugar cookies on a pan after being baked

homemade Buttercream Frosting

For the frosting, beat butter until fluffy using a hand mixer. Add vanilla and milk. Blend lightly. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time. Use food coloring to change the color of the frosting if you like.

The final texture should be solid, but soft. Frost the cookies and add sprinkles if desired!

Frosting Fun: The pink frosting sprinkle tops are pretty, simple and delicious. Since you’re just using food coloring to make pink, you can easily change up the frosting color. You can also use different kinds of sprinkles. Holiday sprinkles would definitely make a festive treat.

Pink buttercream frosting for no roll sugar cookies

Storing, Tips, & Tricks

Store these cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for about a week. To help keep them soft and chewy stick a slice of white sandwich bread in the container as well. The bread will suck excess moisture leaving your cookies softer longer.

You can make these cookies ahead of time and store them in the freezer to be used later. This is helpful for a last minute family treat or to have on hand to put in kids’ lunchboxes. 

  • Freezing baked cookie: I recommend freezing these unfrosted. If they have already been frosted you’ll want to flash freeze* them first. Store them in an airtight freezer safe container for about 3 months. To be extra cautious wrap each cookie with plastic wrap first.
  • Freezing cookie dough: Form cookie dough balls and flash freeze. Store them in an airtight freezer safe container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw dough before baking. You may need to add a minute or two to the bake time. 
  • *Flash freezing: Place cookie/dough on a baking sheet in a single layer. Freeze for a couple hours before transferring them to an airtight container. This will help them keep their shape and avoid sticking to one another.

NO ROLL Sugar Cookies with a delicious frosting on top

Nothing better than a Frosted Delicious Sugar Cookie!!

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No Roll Sugar Cookies Recipe

4.95 from 17 votes
Super easy and delicious NO ROLL Sugar Cookies with a delicious frosting. No rolling pin needed for these - just drop and bake!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 36 cookies (depending on size it may be around 2 dozen)
Calories 118 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

Cookie

Frosting

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • In bowl or stand mixer cream shortening, butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and extracts and mix well.
  • Combine baking powder, salt and flour in a separate bowl. Gradually add to the wet mixture until blended.
  • Using cooking scoop, lightly roll dough ball in hands, place on parchment paper lined baking sheet and press top of cookies half way down.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  • For frosting, beat butter until fluffy using a hand mixer. Add vanilla and milk. Blend lightly. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time.Texture should be solid but soft. Frost cookies.

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  1. I love that you don’t have to roll the dough out. It’s a tradition in our family to make cut-out cookies and decorate them for Christmas. I like this recipe for throughout the rest of the year. Thanks so much for the great recipe!!

    1. We’re used to rolling them too but it’s nice to have a recipe where you don’t have to for those lazy days. 😉

  2. 5 stars
    I made these yesterday and they are the BEST sugar cookies ever! (and no rolling out and cutting) Thanks! Merry Christmas!

    1. It is a tablespoon of flour 🙂 I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions!

    1. You can get a couple dozen, but it also depends on how big you make them. Hope that helps!! Thanks so much!

  3. 5 stars
    I have tried countless dropped sugar cookie recipes; some I tossed in garbage they were so bad. I felt like I was eating a spoonful of sugar with no taste. This recipe by far is the BEST DROPPED SUGAR COOKIE.EASY TO MAKE I USED CRISCO WITH BUTTER IT HAS THE RIGHT AMOUNT IF SUGAR, THEY are everything and much more.I rate this a 10 star…. You must double the recipe for sure; guaranteed to go quickly great cookie for a bake sale. Takes very little time and note lavish ingredients. Thank you????????????????????????????????????

  4. 5 stars
    You will probably get a kick out of this, but I went to make this recipe and I was mixing my dry ingredients. I then realized I was out of baking powder. Then I realized I was out of baking soda, and cream of tartar. I basically had to throw these cookies in the oven and hope for the best. I was not dissappointed! They came out perfectly, and the icing was top notch. I added a little bit of sweetened flaked coconut on top of my icing! Definitely my new sugar cookie recipe

    1. Oh, I am so glad they still turned out! I hate when that happens! Hopefully, you will like them even more when all the ingredients are added 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    I haven’t made these no roll sugar cookies, yet. My daughter-in-law had a recipe for one that she made often. They were delicious; and, I loved the convenience of not having to roll and cut. I hate messing with flour. She always rolled them in sugar before pressing them down. I will be making these very soon 🙂 I also love Snickerdoodles, a close cousin to a sugar cookie.

  6. 5 stars
    Hello Happy holidays
    I was wondering if this cookie dough batch is freezable? If I freeze them in cookie balls do you know if the cookie dough would come out the same when defrosted meaning the softness? Thanks in advance.

    1. I honestly have not tried with this recipe, so I am not sure if it would change it. They should be ok 🙂

  7. Can I double the recipe at once? Or do I need to make each batch separately if I want more cookies? I once read that it’s not a good idea to double the recipe when making cookies. But if I can, it would be a lot faster.

  8. 5 stars
    Hi Kristyn!
    I LOVE your website!!!
    I’ve just started baking three days ago (I made cinnamon rolls and they were delicious)! I’ve been surfing through your website to find a simple recipe for beginners and one that I can make with ingredients I have.
    Today, I decided to try these cookies because you don’t need to roll them out (yay!) and they look delicious! My mom ordered some ingredients online yesterday (including the shortening since I didn’t have any) and I tried it. SOOOOOOOO good. My entire family loved them!! I love these cookies. Thank you so much Kristyn for the recipe! I’m going to make them again this afternoon.

    1. Awe, that is so nice of you to say! I am so glad you have found some to try 🙂 Thank you so much for letting me know! Hope you like any others that you try!

  9. 5 stars
    Wow! This is seriously THE best sugar cookie recipe. My kids love how easy it is and the frosting was perfection. I’m not usually a big cookie person but I had to try one bite…that one bite quickly turned into 2 cookies! Thank you for sharing your recipe and for our new favorite sugar cookie!

  10. 5 stars
    Such a quick and easy recipe! I love not having to roll the dough out, and the kids love to frost them. Thanks for the simple, fun recipe that everyone loves!

  11. 5 stars
    Such an easy, simple recipe for my family. Not having to roll the dough out saves a few steps and cleaning, and the kids love frosting.

  12. 5 stars
    I am so happy to have found an easy & delicious sugar cookie recipe! I love the fact that they are a no-roll cookie.

  13. 5 stars
    I love sugar cookies but don’t always love the extra time it takes to roll and use cookie cutters. Great recipe to satisfy my taste buds with out the extra work.

  14. 4 stars
    These were pretty good. Frosting was easy to spread on cookies. The only flaw was that the shortening sorta gave it a bolder taste…I LOVED IT, but some of the family was not a huge fan, but will be trying again with butter!!! Thanks for posting!!

  15. 5 stars
    I made these for my students to decorate on Valentine’s Day. They were so soft and delicious. This is my new sugar cookie recipe for sure.