Simple Sugar Cookies

Yesterday I was having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Well, it wasn’t that bad, but it wasn’t good either. Then I checked my email and found two sweet messages left on some old posts. Comments are always nice, but especially when someone takes the time to come back and say how much they loved a recipe, sometimes months or years after it was posted. And then I got an awesome shout-out on Twitter from Emily, who just discovered 52 Kitchen Adventures and is “obsessed.”

Comments and feedback from all of you put a smile on my face and make blogging so worthwhile. I am so thankful for everyone who reads along with my blog, whether you leave comments or not. Thank you for constantly brightening my day!

In return, I have some delicious cookies to share with you. This simple sugar cookie recipe doesn’t require any chilling, rolling pins or cookie cutters. Simply mix up the dough, plop it on a cookie sheet and flatten it with a cup. You can make them colorful or sparkling by adding different sprinkles, or mix up some frosting if you’re feeling particularly indulgent.

What are YOU thankful for today?


Drop Sugar Cookies

Adapted from

  • 2 1/2 C flour
  • 3/4 t salt
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1/2 C shortening
  • 1/2 C butter
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 T milk
  • Sprinkles (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F and line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Combine flour, salt and baking soda in a bowl and set aside.

In a large bowl, beat sugar, shortening and butter together until lightly and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and mix until combined. Stir in flour mixture until batter is smooth. Stir in milk.

On the prepared cookie sheets, drop batter by the tablespoon. Press cookie dough flat with the bottom of a glass. Sprinkle each cookie with sprinkles if using. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.

24 Comments on Simple Sugar Cookies

  1. Ann
    May 25, 2011 at 3:10 pm (11 years ago)

    What a lovely post! Thank YOU for your blog, recipes and beautiful pictures! I hope today was grand!
    Ann recently posted Another Breakfast and Lunch Post

    • Stephanie
      May 25, 2011 at 4:50 pm (11 years ago)

      @Ann – 🙂 today was a much better day – it’s amazing what an attitude adjustment can do.

  2. Lena
    May 25, 2011 at 3:33 pm (11 years ago)

    I LOVE sugar cookies!

  3. Sarah Schiffman
    May 25, 2011 at 5:29 pm (11 years ago)

    Glad your day got better! I love sugar cookies and this recipe looks so easy-peasy. I especially love those colorful sprinkles. I’m putting this on my to-do list for sure!
    Sarah Schiffman recently posted Twenty-Fine

    • Stephanie
      May 25, 2011 at 8:10 pm (11 years ago)

      @Sarah: They were so easy to make. Enjoy!

  4. Andrea
    May 25, 2011 at 5:30 pm (11 years ago)

    I’m sorry about your not very good day yesterday! I hope today was better.

    These cookies look delicious – and simple to make, too! I am a sucker for cookies.

    • Stephanie
      May 25, 2011 at 8:11 pm (11 years ago)

      @Andrea: today was definitely better! Thanks 🙂

  5. melissa
    May 25, 2011 at 7:15 pm (11 years ago)

    I love sugar cookies. Thanks for sharing recipe. I hope today is a better day:)

    • Stephanie
      May 25, 2011 at 8:11 pm (11 years ago)

      @melissa: Me too, and I love this easy recipe for them. Thanks for the well wishes!

  6. Lindsey@Lindselicious
    May 25, 2011 at 8:05 pm (11 years ago)

    So glad that you got cheered up by someones positive thoughts! These cookies are so cheery Im sure they would have worked too. Love that you dont have to roll them out too. (I know Im lazy) LOL
    Lindsey@Lindselicious recently posted Truffle White Bean Dip

    • Stephanie
      May 25, 2011 at 8:12 pm (11 years ago)

      @Lindsey: I’m lazy too, I looked around specifically for a recipe like this!

  7. Peggy
    May 26, 2011 at 3:51 am (11 years ago)

    I love sugar cookies and these would definitely brighten any day!

    And I’m with you – I love when I get old post comments about someone trying a recipe or just discovering the blog =)
    Peggy recently posted Grilled Naan

  8. Annie
    May 26, 2011 at 5:17 am (11 years ago)

    I really like this sugar cookie recipe! The thing that I typically hate about making them is the refrigerating and rolling-way too time consuming.
    Annie recently posted Ham and Green Onion Quiche and Guest Post

    • Stephanie
      May 26, 2011 at 2:37 pm (11 years ago)

      @Christine – I hope you had a better day today! I’m glad the post was able to cheer you up a little

  9. kita
    May 26, 2011 at 6:33 pm (11 years ago)

    I do love when I get awesome comments! They really can turn a day around. I’m glad that Emily and the other comments were able to turn your mood around. 🙂 These cookies look great. I have never made a simple sugar cookie from scratch! Can you believe it?

    • Stephanie
      May 26, 2011 at 8:39 pm (11 years ago)

      @kita – you haven’t?! This recipe is super easy, you should give it a try 🙂

  10. Magic of Spice
    May 27, 2011 at 8:29 am (11 years ago)

    I am sorry that you were having such a bad day, but what a wonderful way to get cheered up 🙂
    And I do love sugar cookies, always remind me of my childhood 🙂

    • Stephanie
      May 29, 2011 at 3:47 pm (11 years ago)

      @Magic of Spice – it was a great way to cheer up. Thanks for all your thoughtful comments!

  11. Sandra
    May 27, 2011 at 7:07 pm (11 years ago)

    Glad your day is brighter. I agree with you about comments. It’s so good to know that you’re not the only one reading your blog. Thank you for the super simple recipe.
    Sandra recently posted Savory and Sweet Treats with Aztec Tortillas

  12. Jenny
    May 30, 2011 at 10:59 am (11 years ago)

    These were the perfect hot-humid-day-I’ve-gone-crazy-and-I’m-baking-anyway cookies; the dough was so easy and unfussy! And they are delicious. Thank you for sharing, and for writing!

    • Stephanie
      May 30, 2011 at 12:48 pm (11 years ago)

      @Jenny – you’re welcome! Isn’t it an easy recipe? So glad you enjoyed it!

  13. Kitty
    July 15, 2012 at 5:40 pm (10 years ago)

    Can you use some homemade flour?

  14. BrittanyCrocker
    January 17, 2013 at 3:41 pm (9 years ago)

    I made these the other day and have to say that these are the BEST sugar cookies I have ever made. Crunchy on the edges and soft in the middle. Perfect. I put sprinkles on mine too but next time i think i’ll do half the batch with buttercream frosting on top! Yum! Thanks for another GREAT recipe!!


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