Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies recipe is easy to prepare and absolutely no rolling or cutting needed. These old-fashioned drop sugar cookies take very little effort but turn out soft and delicious.

Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies on a platter.
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Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies are a bit different than traditional rolled out cookies. This type of cookie recipe is drop sugar cookies. The sugar cookie dough is still just as tasty, and the cookies turn out soft and fluffy.

If you prefer the ones you roll out, we make these Christmas Cut Out Sugar Cookie Recipe and they are so pretty.

Why This Recipe Works

It is a great time saver when you don’t want to fool with rolling, cutting and decorating with royal icing. They taste great and still look pretty!

No need to get out your rolling pin or cookie cutters! This recipe is timeless and passed on from Mom and Grandma.

Ingredients

Ingredients for Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies- butter, large eggs, vanilla, milk, flour.
  • Butter. Softened at room temperature.
  • Large Eggs. Room temperature is best.
  • Vanilla Extract. Make sure to use pure vanilla.
  • Milk. Whole milk will result in the best flavor.
  • All Purpose Flour. Spoon the flour into the measuring cup instead of scooping it. This will make it more accurately measured.

Find the complete list of ingredients at the bottom of the page.

Variation ideas

  • Add sprinkles. This is an easy way to decorate the cookies for holidays and special occasions.
  • Frosting. Add frosting to the cookies for an even tastier treat. You can use store bought or this easy Cream Cheese Frosting. Try sprinkling powdered sugar on top for something simple.
  • Add frosting and sprinkles. This combination is so festive and always a hit with the kids.
  • Food Coloring. You can use food coloring to make these in various shades.

How to make Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

Butter and sugar combined in a bowl.

Step 1. Combine the butter and sugar with an electric mixer or a stand mixer in a large bowl. Then add in the eggs, milk and vanilla extract.  Get out a separate mixing bowl. Mix together the dry ingredients. Then gradually stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until a dough forms. 

Cookie dough balls on baking sheet.

Step 2. Cover and chill the dough for at least 2 hours. Use a cookie scoop to drop the cookie dough onto a prepared baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mats into round balls.  Flatten the cookie dough out slightly by using the bottom of a glass dipped in granulated sugar. Then bake for 12-15 minutes until the cookies are slightly golden brown. 

Cookies on wire rack.

Step 3. Let the cookies sit on the cookie sheets for 5 minutes.  Then move the cookies to wire racks to cool completely.  

Cookies on a platter.

Step 4. Serve on a platter and enjoy.

Storage

Store any leftover cookies at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 1 week.  Keep a piece of bread in the container with the cookies to keep them soft. 

I would put a piece of wax paper in between the layers of cookies.

Storing in an airtight container should ensure freshness for these soft sugar cookies.

How to freeze

Form the cookie dough balls as normal and flatten with a glass. Place on a baking sheet and freeze.

This will take about 3 to 5 hours. Once frozen, place inside an airtight storage container. Separate the layers of cookies with wax paper. You can also wrap in plastic wrap.

They can be frozen 1 to 2 months. When ready to bake, simply place on a baking sheet and cook as normal.

You may need to add an extra 1 to 2 minutes to the baking time if frozen.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure to not over bake the cookies.  They should be slightly golden brown and they will continue to set once they cool.  
  • Don’t overmix the batter. Mix together until just combined but do not overmix. It will change the texture of the cookies.
  • Allow the cookies to sit before moving. If you remove from the baking sheet too soon, they will crumble.
  • Use a cookie scoop. The cookies are easy to scoop and make uniform using a cookie scoop.

Give this recipe a try and leave a comment please. I love hearing from you.

Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

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Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies recipe is easy to prepare and absolutely no rolling or cutting needed. These old fashioned drop sugar cookies take very little effort but turn out soft and delicious.
Prep Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Let Rest 5 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Servings 24
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 163

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Beat together the butter and sugar with a hand held mixer or a stand up mixer.  Then add in the eggs, milk and vanilla extract.  Mix until combined.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Then gradually stir the dry ingredients (flour mixture) into the wet ingredients (butter mixture) until a dough forms.  Cover and chill the dough for at least 2 hours.
  • Then preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Use a teaspoon or cookie scoop to drop the cookie dough onto a prepared baking sheet into round balls.  Flatten the cookie dough out slightly by using the bottom of a glass dipped in granulated sugar.
  • Then bake for 12-15 minutes until the cookies are slightly golden brown.  Make sure to rotate the baking sheets halfway through the baking time to ensure that the cookies are baked evenly.
  • Let the cookies sit on the baking sheet for 5 minutes.  Then move the cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

Recipe Notes

*Store any leftover cookies at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 1 week.  Keep a piece of bread in the container with the cookies to keep them soft. 
*Make sure to not over bake the cookies.  They should be slightly golden brown and they will continue to set once they cool. 

Nutrition Facts

Calories 163kcal, Carbohydrates 20g, Protein 2g, Fat 8g, Saturated Fat 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 2g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 34mg, Sodium 151mg, Potassium 26mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 8g, Vitamin A 258IU, Calcium 28mg, Iron 1mg

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