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Easy Cut Out Sugar Cookie Recipe NO CHILL

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After decorating buttercream sugar cookies for about a year and a half, I’ve finally found my perfect sugar cookie recipe. This cut out sugar cookie recipe is no chill, meaning you can roll these out and decorate right away. That’s right, we do not need to refrigerate! I love how quickly buttercream sugar cookies can be decorated, and this speeds it up even more.

I’ve also designed this recipe to be just a few ingredients. I want you to be able to look into your pantry and refrigerator and have exactly what you need, no special hard-to-find ingredients over here.

The no chill part of this recipe means that the sugar cookies won’t spread. As long as we start with cold ingredients, we can skip the chilling and have perfectly shaped cut out cookies.

I’ve also included some tips for keeping the cut out shapes while moving from rolled dough to the baking sheet, to even after they bake.

Follow along for this tasty, easy no chill sugar cookie recipe!

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Delicious Cut Out Sugar Cookie Recipe No Chill

For these no chill sugar cookies, you will need butter, flour, sugar, vanilla extract, an egg, and some baking powder. Yep, that’s it! You can totally change out some of the vanilla extract for a different flavor as well. I know that almond extract is popular. I just prefer all vanilla.

I also like to use a duck egg instead of a chicken egg. We have about 20 pet ducks so duck eggs are easy for me to grab. Plus, duck eggs are richer than chicken eggs, which is perfect for baking! Of course, no worries if you don’t have duck eggs around. I’ve made this recipe plenty of times with a large chicken egg and it’s still tasty!

The first step is to preheat the oven to 350 degrees. We want to make sure the oven is already to temp so we don’t need to chill the dough.

Next, measure out three cups of flour into a medium sized mixing bowl. Remember to use the scoop and level method. That is, use a spoon to scoop some flour into a measuring cup. Once you are near the top of the cup, level out the cup. With this method, you don’t need to sift the flour. It’s just so easy!

Next, mix in the two teaspoons of baking powder. I use this brand.

Once your dry ingredients are mixed together, go ahead and measure out your cup of sugar. Then, pull out the cold, salted butter from your refrigerator and cut it into cubes. One reason this recipe is no chill is because the ingredients are already chilled! I prefer to use salted butter to save a step of measuring out salt. Plus, the salt nicely balances out the sugar in the cookie dough recipe and buttercream frosting that will be used to decorate the cookies.

Mix your butter and sugar on medium speed in your stand mixer.

Once it is creamed together, grab your duck or chicken egg from the refrigerator and crack it into a small bowl. This little trick helps avoid shells getting into your cookie dough because you can easily pull the shells out. I especially do this when using duck eggs because they have a very thick shell compared to chicken eggs. Okay, go ahead and put the egg into the mixer.

Add in the one and a half teaspoons of vanilla extract.

Using the spoon you used for the scoop and level method, slowly add in the flour and baking powder mixture. It’s best to turn off the mixer while doing this so to not overheat the butter and egg. Remember, the colder the better for this one.

Once all of the flour is mixed in, assess the state of the dough. If it is really sticky, add in more flour. It should form a nice ball but it’s okay if it’s a bit crumbly. If the dough is too sticky, it will be hard to work with and it won’t keep it’s shape as well when baking.

Prepare a clean spot to roll out the dough and sprinkle some flour onto it.

Roll out the dough to about 1/4 of an inch thick.

When rolling out the dough, I like to grab just half of the dough at a time. I find that is the perfect size to roll out and fit cookies onto my silicone lined baking sheet. Rolling out too much dough at once overworks the dough and thus, makes it warmer than we want. Overworking the dough also leads to creases in the baked dough, which isn’t that pretty.

Cut out the cookies and then place them onto the lined baking sheet. A tip I like to use to get the cookies perfectly transferred over to the sheet is to NOT flour the cookie cutter. You want the cookie to slightly stick to the cutter so that you can remove the cookie from the cutter on the baking sheet itself. This helps keep the shape of the dough, reducing any chances of spread.

Hold the bottom of the cookie, while it’s still in the cookie cutter, and transfer it over to the baking sheet to help maintain it’s shape!

Bake the cookies for 9-10 minutes until the dough doesn’t look wet in the center or the edges start to golden.

If you found that the cookies spread or changed shape a bit, quickly use a knife to push the hot cookies into the correct shape. While this cookie dough recipe is a no chill, no spread recipe, everyone’s ovens work a bit differently and their houses are kept at different temperatures. Fortunately, if there is any spread at all, it should be minimal and easily fixed with a knife.

The cookie cutter test! It looks like it passed to me!

Allow these cookies to cool completely and then frost! If you aren’t ready to decorate these cookies right away, store them into the freezer in an air tight container. This keeps the cookies fresh and soft.

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Easy No Chill No Spread Sugar Cookie Dough

Leah Buehler
These classic vanilla cut out sugar cookies are so easy! There is no need to put these into the refrigerator before baking - simply mix, roll, cut out, and bake all at once!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 cookies depending on the size of your cookie

Equipment

  • Stand Mixer with Paddle Attachment
  • Measuring Bowls & Spoons

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup cold salted butter cut into cubes
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, mix your flour and baking powder together. When measuring the flour, make sure to scoop up the flour with a spoon and add it to your measuring cup, one spoonful at a time. This helps obtain the correct amount of flour without needing to weigh it. Once you have a cup, level it out by running a knife across the top of the measuring cup. Then, add it to the large mixing bowl and repeat for the remaining flour. Set the mixture of flour and baking powder aside for a minute.
  • In your electric mixer, combine the sugar and butter using the paddle attachment until they are creamed together.
  • Add in your egg and vanilla extract and mix to combine.
  • Slowly add in one cup (or whatever your mixer can handle) at a time of the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. The mixture should be slightly sticky but still form a nice ball.
  • On a floured surface, roll out the dough to about a 1/4 of an inch thick & cut out your cookies. A great tip is to flour your rolling pin and any cookie cutters you may be using. Transfer the cut out cookies to a baking sheet lined with a  silicone mat using a large flat spatula.
  • Bake for about 10 minutes and let cool on the baking sheet. The dough will be done when the center of the dough doesn’t look wet and the edges are golden.

Notes

Place in an air tight container in the freezer if you aren't decorating these cookies within 24 hours. Allow the cookies to come back to room temperature before frosting. Find my crusting buttercream recipe here: Crusting Buttercream Icing for Sugar Cookies and my tips for getting started with decorating buttercream sugar cookies here: How to Decorate Buttercream Sugar Cookies for Beginners 
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Frequently Asked Questions About Cut Out Cookie Dough

Can I chill the sugar cookie dough recipe anyway?

Yes, you can definitely chill this dough if you aren’t ready to roll out and bake right away. I would suggest that you let the dough sit out on the counter for about 15 minutes prior to rolling, though. This will make the dough easier to roll out.

Can I freeze the cookie dough?

Yes, you can freeze the cookie dough. Roll the dough into a ball and then flatten it a bit into a disk shape. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and place in the freezer. I have kept dough in the freezer for up to three months and it was still good. Allow the dough to defrost in the refrigerator before using.

My cookie dough is still spreading, what should I do?

If your cookie dough is still spreading, there are some ways we can counteract this. First, make sure that the butter and egg were cold prior to mixing and that your oven was already preheated. You also want to make sure that you have enough flour. If the dough was still sticky when you were done mixing, you want to add a bit more flour.

You can also check to make sure that the baking powder wasn’t expired. This is pretty common since we only need a bit of baking powder at a time for various recipes, so don’t forget to check that expiration date.

One last recommendation is to make sure you aren’t baking these cookies when your house is really hot. I live in the PNW and my house doesn’t have air conditioning. Just last week, our house got up to 97 degrees! Yikes, it was hot. If I attempted to bake cookies that day, I’m sure they would have spread as the dough wouldn’t have been very cold. Also, I’d be pretty crazy to turn my oven on in that kind of heat, anyway!

If your house lacks air conditioning like mine, bake the cookies early in the morning or after the sun has gone down at night. Remember, you can chill the dough if needed.

My baking powder says double acting, is this the correct one to use?

Yes, double acting baking powder is the standard baking powder. Double acting baking powder just means that it will react twice, once while cold and once while hot. You can purchase single acting baking powder, but don’t use that for this recipe.

Can I make these sugar cookies gluten free?

I have not had the chance to play around with a gluten free cut out sugar cookie recipe yet. If you have found a way to make these gluten free, I’d love to hear how you made them in the comments below!

Are these sugar cookies soft?

Yes, these will be soft sugar cookies. Once they cool after baking, they will appear to be somewhat hard. This is perfect because we don’t want to accidentally break our cookies while decorating. When you decorate with buttercream frosting, the cookies will absorb some of that moisture and they will become the perfect amount of softness.

You can also freeze your baked cookies once they have cooled to room temperature. This will keep the cookies from drying out and becoming hard if you aren’t going to be frosting right away.

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32 Comments

  1. I love sugar cookies! This recipe was so simple to make, delicious, and I loved decorating them. Your tutorials are always so helpful!

    1. Leah Buehler says:

      Thank you Anaiah, I am glad that you enjoyed them!

  2. 5 stars
    Good things take time:) You must have tried hundreds of combinations to find the right balance, but it paid off. Your cookies look amazing! I’m saving this recipe so that I don’t have to guess quantities and get it wrong (which I do, sometimes)! Thanks for perfecting it!

    1. Leah Buehler says:

      I definitely tried a few different approaches to these cookies and ultimately landed on this recipe! I hope you get a chance to decorate some sugar cookies soon.

  3. 5 stars
    Five stars! Sugar cookies are my favorite to make and to eat. I love how delicious they are, and they’re the easiest things ever to make. Love this recipe.

    1. Leah Buehler says:

      Yes, so easy and perfect for any occasion. Thank you Brianne!

  4. Neely Moldovan says:

    I have been on the hunt for a good sugar cookie recipe!

    1. Leah Buehler says:

      This one is a winner in my book! I hope you get to try it out!

  5. This looks so much easier than recipes I’ve tried in the past. Saving this for Halloween!

  6. 5 stars
    I am definitely gonna try this. We love sugar cookies and I love that this is simple to make.

    1. Leah Buehler says:

      I love simplicity too!

  7. hard to go wrong with sugar cookies! I usually try to add something else as a topping, for even greater appeal.

    1. Leah Buehler says:

      Yes, definitely top these with some tasty buttercream frosting!

  8. 5 stars
    Sugar cookies have such an unencumbered taste. I do rather like them though I rarely indulge.

    1. Leah Buehler says:

      Buttercream sugar cookies are definitely a wonderful treat for a special occasion! I hope you get a chance to try this one out at your next event.

  9. 5 stars
    I love Easy Cut Out Sugar Cookie. It’s so tasty and easy to prepare. I hope to make few batches on the weekend.

    1. Leah Buehler says:

      I hope you enjoy them! You can find over 150 tutorials on the blog to decorate something fun!

  10. This is a great idea for a fun sweet treat to make with your kids during summer! Wonderful post!

    1. Leah Buehler says:

      Yes, baking and decorating with kids is so special. I can’t wait until my babies are a bit older!

  11. 5 stars
    I’ve always wanted to make cookies but I’m still not confident with my baking skills. I’d like to try this recipe, just for fun. It seems easy to do, anyway.

    1. Leah Buehler says:

      This is the perfect beginner sugar cookie! I hope you get a chance to try it out 🙂

  12. 5 stars
    Awesome recipe! Very creative. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Leah Buehler says:

      You are welcome, Nkem!

  13. Yyyyeeessssssss girl! I live for these….only that I ensure mine turn out golden fry brown. I’ll try them out your way! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Leah Buehler says:

      Aren’t they the best? I like mine a little crispy, too, so I’ll do that if I’m making them for myself 🙂

  14. Such a yummy cookie to try my hands on. And, so easy to prepare too. Will try over the weekend.

    1. Leah Buehler says:

      I hope you love them as much as my family does!

  15. 5 stars
    These came out perfect! My teenage daughter made them for Halloween. They kept their shapes perfectly and were delicious! and perfect texture. Thank you

    1. Leah Buehler says:

      I’m so happy you enjoyed them! Thanks for leaving a review!

  16. 5 stars
    This is my second year baking these cookies and it’s going in my cookie arsenal! It’s so easy to make with consistent results and no waiting for cookies to chill, they taste phenomenal and are a dream to ice.

    1. Leah Buehler says:

      Thank you! I am happy to hear that the recipe is amazing for you too! It’s my go-to sugar cookie recipe.

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