Bakery Style Sugar Cookies (a no chill sugar cookie dough!)

Published January 21, 2012. Updated January 24, 2019

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It’s such a delight to sink your teeth into one of these soft, fluffy, tender sugar cookies.  Kids and adults alike love these cute, bakery style sugar cookies.  One of my favorite things about these cookies is that you don’t have to wait an hour for the dough to chill, because who can do that, I want cookies now! =)

I made these yesterday for my daughters birthday party so the kids could decorate them.  I doubled the batch so each person could decorate 5 cookies, then I purchased a lot of random candies to go on top (rainbow colored nerds, gummi bears, skittles, candy hearts, cinnamon hearts, lots of different sprinkles) then I bought a few sets of icing tubes, of course one with glitter =), and then I made several colors of frosting.

The kids LOVED it!  They sat there for probably an hour decorating their cookies, so if you are looking for a fun activity for kids at a party then I’d recommend this simply activity.

I love these sugar cookies because they are soft but they don’t taste like sour cream like some of the soft sugar cookies do.  And they are so simple, no rolling out dough or anything.  I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!
You may also like to try my recipe for Sugar Cookie Squares (another super simple recipe) or Sugar Cookie Rice Kripsie Treats, they’re a fun new twist on Rice Krispie Treats.

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Bakery Style Sugar Cookies (a no chill sugar cookie dough!)

No chilling and rolling out sugar cookie dough here! This is the easiest frosted sugar cookie recipe.
Servings: 24
Prep30 minutes
Cook20 minutes
Ready in: 1 hour


Vanilla Frosting


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, whip together butter and sugar until pale and fluffy about 3-4 minutes. Stir in egg and egg white. Add sour cream and vanilla and mix until blended. Slowly add dry mixture and stir until well combine. Form dough into balls (I measured out 1 heaping tablespoon for each). Place dough balls on greased cookie sheet then even flatten dough balls with your hand, to about 1/4" inch. Bake 9-10 minutes (9 1/2 was perfect for me). Cool completely, then frost.

Vanilla Frosting

  • In a mixing bowl, with an electric mixer, whip together butter and powdered sugar and cream or half and half until fluffy. Stir in vanilla. Add in food optional food coloring and mix until well blended.




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  • Frank Furter

    Made these tonight, they were dreadful. I didn’t feel like searching for a good recipe, and mistakenly grabbed the first decent looking one I found. These reminded me of the ones you see at bake sales or the lady at work brings in – amateurish and bland. The icing was the worst – if you’re looking for true ‘bakery-style’ cookies, these ain’t it…..

  • Ginu

    Hi just wondering how many cookies this makes and about how big are they? Thanks!

  • Kathy

    Oops! Sorry, I just finished reading through the comments and saw you like the Perfect Recipe!!! No need to respond. Thanks!!

  • Kathy

    Hello! Which sugar cookie is your favorite, out of the Bakery Style Sugar Cookies (no chill) and the Perfect Frosted Sugar Cookies? Thanks! You have a wonderful blog!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Hi Kathy – Definitely the perfect frosted sugar cookies. The other one is nice when you don’t have the time to wai for the dough to chill but I’m in love with the perfect frosted sugar cookies.

  • Kate

    Made these tonight and they are hands down my favorite cookie I’ve ever made. Perfection! Thank you for the wonderful recipe!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      You’re very welcome Kate! I’m so happy you enjoyed these, thanks for your comment!

  • Stacey

    im thinking of trying this out for my home economics test coming up, and I just wanted to know what is the total time taken to prepare and bake this? and is the frosting the hard kind or the creamy kind? thank you so much in advance! :)

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      The prep time is probably about 20ish minutes, cool time probably about 20 minutes then the bake time listed. The frosting is the creamy kind. Hope you try them =).

  • Nicole

    made them last night! they tasted amazing. I was a little worried that they wouldn’t because I had no vanilla so I used vanilla sugar but they came out amazing and everybody loved them!

  • Margaret

    These were great! Mine did not turn out a beautiful as yours (my dough wasn’t very firm for form balls with my hands as I expected), but still a huge hit! Thank you so much!!

    • Jaclyn

      Margaret – glad you enjoyed, you may want to try buttering your hands first next time and maybe that will help shaping them better. You also may want to try my more recent post/recipe on frosted sugar cookies. I like them even more than these. You do have to chill the dough for the other recipe though, that’s the nice thing about this one is that it’s a no chill dough. Thanks for your comment!