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Drop Sugar Cookies, All-Time Family Favorite

Drop Sug­ar cook­ies are soft, chewy, melt-in-your-mouth sug­ar cook­ie per­fec­tion! With­out even the slight­est hes­i­ta­tion, I can declare this to be our fam­i­ly’s all-time favorite Christ­mas sug­ar cook­ie recipe. 

Drop Sugar Cookies collage with one simple design cookie on the top of the image and a tray of more intricately designed cookies below it
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If you polled them, it would­n’t be just a wide major­i­ty. I believe you would get a 100% affir­ma­tive from each of them! These sug­ar cook­ies are that good! 

Frost­ed Drop Sug­ar Cook­ies are the first cook­ies to dis­ap­pear out of all that I make each year. (Even the ones I hide. lol)

My Drop Sug­ar Cook­ie recipe is the one every­body wants more of. That every­one wants the recipe for. That are most often request­ed for parties.

They also hap­pen to be about the eas­i­est cook­ie I make. What’s bet­ter than that? 

Wan­na know a secret? I make these all year round, not just for Christ­mas. Yeah…they’re that kind of easy and delicious!

Enjoy, my friend! 

frosted drop sugar cookies on Red and white checked burlap

The Ingredients

For the Cookies:

  • But­ter I use salt­ed but­ter, but use your own pref­er­ence. It does­n’t seem to affect the out­come of this drop sug­ar cook­ie recipe.
  • Gran­u­lat­ed Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanil­la Extract
  • All Pur­pose Flour
  • Bak­ing Soda
  • Salt

For the Frosting:

rolledout cookie dough with a rolling pin on top


Can I roll out drop cook­ie dough?

I don’t rec­om­mend rolling and cut­ting drop cook­ie dough. Tech­ni­cal­ly, you could chill it and then put it between two sheets of parch­ment and roll it out. Then you could cut the cook­ies out. After that you would need to chill the cut cook­ies before bak­ing and even then, this par­tic­u­lar dough will spread more than you typ­i­cal­ly want for cut-out cook­ies. Your cook­ies will lose any def­i­n­i­tion and design dur­ing bak­ing. This dough was made for deli­cious drop sug­ar cook­ies. In a few weeks, I’ll share a good cut-out cook­ie recipe.

Why is there no bak­ing pow­der in this recipe?

Bak­ing pow­der cre­ates a big­ger rise and a lighter, “cake-like” crumb. We want these cook­ies to be soft and chewy, not cake-like, so I don’t use any bak­ing pow­der. Bak­ing soda is the only leav­en­ing necessary.

frosted drop sugar cookies on Red and white checked burlap

No Need for Rolling and Cutting

It was so impor­tant to me to stress that you can still have fun and nice­ly dec­o­rate these deli­cious, soft and chewy sug­ar cookies.

If you don’t have the tools or patience for rolled and cut-out sug­ar cook­ies, you can still cre­ate won­der­ful dec­o­rat­ed cook­ie designs.

Last year, before our fam­i­ly Christ­mas Eve get-togeth­er, my daugh­ters, daugh­ter-in-law and grand­daugh­ters all got togeth­er at my house for a sug­ar cook­ie bak­ing and dec­o­rat­ing party. 

You guys! It was so much fun and hope­ful­ly the begin­ning of a new hol­i­day tradition. 

sugar cookies decorated and sitting on a cooling rack

With just a basic but­ter­cream recipe, these soft and chewy sug­ar cook­ies can be frost­ed and dec­o­rat­ed to fit any occa­sion. We used but­ter knives or icing spat­u­las to sim­ply spread the frost­ing over the tops of the cookies. 

Then with some pip­ing bags and half a dozen of the most com­mon dec­o­ra­tor tips, some mini M&Ms and var­i­ous Christ­mas cook­ie and cake sprin­kles, we set to dec­o­rat­ing our sug­ar cookies. 

I think every­body had great ideas and I love how var­ied the designs were. From the youngest to the old­est, every­body just cre­at­ed what made them hap­py. I think they turned out great!

And what a fun fam­i­ly time we had doing it! You guys have to plan a drop sug­ar cook­ie dec­o­rat­ing par­ty, this year! It’ll be a blast!

sugar cookies on Red and white checked burlap

How to Make Frosted Drop Sugar Cookies

There’s no big secret to these deli­cious cook­ies. It’s the basic cook­ie for­mu­la, again. 

  1. Cream the but­ter and sugar. 
  2. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. 
  3. Add the dry ingre­di­ents and mix until every­thing is ful­ly incorporated.
  4. Drop them by the cook­ie-scoop­ful onto greased or lined cook­ie sheets. 
  5. Bake 8 to 10 min­utes. The trick­i­est part of the whole recipe will be fig­ur­ing out the time for your spe­cif­ic oven. (When I’m fig­ur­ing that out, I’ll bake one sug­ar cook­ie, just to get a feel for how the dough acts in my oven.) 
decorated sugar cookies on Red and white checked burlap

How to Know When the Cookies are Done

These cook­ies will puff up in the oven, the tops will have lost their dampness. 

When you touch one, light­ly, with your fin­ger, the top of the cook­ie will feel dry, but you will be able to tell it’s still super soft in the mid­dle. That’s when you pull them out of the oven. Trust me.

Set the cook­ie sheet right on your cool­ing rack for sev­er­al min­utes. The cook­ies will fin­ish “bak­ing” and set­ting up. 

As they cool, they will lose there puffi­ness and be flat­ter. The tops may even look a lit­tle “wrin­kled”.

You’ve done every­thing per­fect­ly. That’s exact­ly how they should be. After 3 or 4 min­utes trans­fer the cook­ies to a cool­ing rack to fin­ish cooling.

drop sugar cookies decorated and sitting on a cooling rack

Decorating Sugar Cookies

When they are com­plete­ly cool, these scrump­tious sug­ar cook­ies are soft and chewy. 

You can get as elab­o­rate or as sim­ple as you want with your decorating. 

Sim­ply spread the frost­ing over the sug­ar cook­ie tops and call it good. That’s what we do when it isn’t Christmastime.

Or break out the pip­ing bags, can­dy and sprin­kles to cre­ate your own beau­ti­ful sug­ar cook­ie masterpieces.

How­ev­er you decide to dec­o­rate them, you my friend, are going to get the title of Christ­mas Cook­ie Roy­al Bak­er when you put these out for friends and family. 

Yes. Be pre­pared for Christ­mas Cook­ie infamy. It belongs to you, now!

Much love and Mer­ry Christmas! 

drop sugar cookies decorated and sitting on a cooling rack

As always, thanks so much for being great sup­port­ers and my favorite blog readers! 

If you do make drop sug­ar cook­ies using this recipe, i hope you’ll con­sid­er drop­ping by, again and leav­ing a com­ment on this post with a 5 star rating. 

Those 5 star rat­ings help oth­er read­ers find our recipes when they do search­es on Google. 

Thanks so much and hap­py baking!

The Recipe

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drop sugar cookies decorated and sitting on a cooling rack

Frosted Drop Sugar Cookies

  • Author: Glen­da Embree
  • Total Time: 18 min­utes
  • Yield: 36-40 cook­ies 1x


Drop Sug­ar cook­ies are soft, chewy, melt-in-your-mouth sug­ar cook­ie per­fec­tion! With­out even the slight­est hes­i­ta­tion, I can declare this to be our fam­i­ly’s all-time favorite Christ­mas sug­ar cook­ie recipe.


Units Scale

For the Cookies:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Table­spoon vanilla
  • 3 to 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp bak­ing soda
  • 1 tsp salt

For the Frosting:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 Table­spoon vanilla
  • 2 Table­spoons milk
  • 2 lbs. pow­dered sugar


  1. Cream togeth­er but­ter and sugar.
  2. Add the eggs and vanil­la and beat to combine.
  3. Add the flour, bak­ing soda and salt and mix until all ingre­di­ents are combined.
  4. Drop by cook­ie scoop onto a greased or lined bak­ing sheet.
  5. Bake at 350° for 8 min­utes.  (Cook­ies will be puffed up and super soft.  They will be bare­ly dried on top.  I promise, if you want soft, chewy cook­ies, you need to pull them out, now.  Place the cook­ie sheet on a cool­ing rack and allow the cook­ies to set for 3–5 min­utes before tak­ing them off the pan.  They will lose their puffi­ness as they settle.)
  6. To make frost­ing, beat all ingre­di­ents togeth­er with a hand mix­er or in a stand mix­er, until a thick creamy frost­ing has formed.
  7. Frost com­plete­ly cooled cook­ies. You can add sprin­kles or dec­o­ra­tions if you choose.
  8. Store in air­tight con­tain­er once frost­ing has set up.


These freeze extreme­ly well.  Put wax paper between the lay­ers if stack­ing.  If freez­ing, you can frost them, but I would avoid sprin­kle dec­o­ra­tions as those will bleed as the cook­ie thaws. 

  • Prep Time: 10 min­utes
  • Cook Time: 8 min
  • Cat­e­go­ry: Desserts, Cook­ies
  • Cui­sine: Amer­i­can

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47 thoughts on “Drop Sugar Cookies, All-Time Family Favorite”

    • I hope you get a chance to, Swathi. They are the one cook­ie that the entire fam­i­ly is in agree­ment on each hol­i­day sea­son. Def­i­nite­ly the fam­i­ly favorite! Thanks for stop­ping by to leave a note, today!

      • Thank you! You too! One last ques­tion. The recipe says 3–3 1/2 cups of flour. How much do you typ­i­cal­ly use and/or what deter­mines it? Plan­ning to make these this week­end! Thanks again. 


        • Hi Kristin! The time of year is a big fac­tor in the amount of flour I use. If there is high humid­i­ty it usu­al­ly takes a lit­tle more and in the win­ter when the fur­nace is going and the air is dri­er it’s clos­er to the 3 or 3 1/4 cup mea­sure­ment. You want the dough to be soft, but not super sticky. It can help to bake up just one cook­ie for the first round to check the con­sis­ten­cy of the dough. That way it’s easy to make adjust­ments before you bake a whole tray. We like them to spread a lit­tle, but not get too thin. We like a thick­er, soft and chewy cook­ie, so I adjust the flour to be able to achieve that tex­ture in what­ev­er weath­er we’re experiencing.

  1. These cook­ies are every­thing a cook­ie should be — soft, fla­vor­ful, a great vehi­cle for frost­ing but also great on their own! I will nev­er make anoth­er recipe!


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