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drop sugar cookies decorated and sitting on a cooling rack

Frosted Drop Sugar Cookies

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4.9 from 26 reviews

  • 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.


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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