I hope everyone had as wonderful a Thanksgiving as I did, full of family and good food! Our dessert table spread was pecan pumpkin bourbon pie, pumpkin pie, pumpkin pie bars, and banana cream pie; needless to say, we were a happy crew. 

I really love sugar cookies, and I really love baking, but even I don’t always feel like spending several hours to roll and cut out sugar cookies. It’s officially the Christmas season, and as my first cookies in what will be a very cookie-filled December, I’m sharing a recipe for no-roll sugar cookies. Instead, you just scoop them into balls, roll em in sugar, and bake them. They are definitely a different flavor than cutouts, but a good one. No-Roll Sugar Cookies

While most cookies are best when soft, these ones are seriously not to be over baked. Even just a couple extra minutes will add a crunch that just isn’t as good as the soft ones. Since they’re rolled in sugar, it’s a little hard to tell when they’re done but trust me, you don’t want to keep baking if in doubt. Just take them out of the oven, I promise it’s the right thing to do. 

Without further adieu, here’s the kickoff recipe to my Christmas cookies, with many more to come. Enjoy!

No-Roll Sugar Cookies No-Roll Sugar Cookies

No-roll Sugar Cookies


  • 2 sticks soft butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • Vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • Colored sugar for rolling


  1. Heat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Beat together the butter, sugar, and powdered sugar until fluffy.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour and baking powder, then slowly add to the butter mixture.
  5. Roll into 1 inch balls, and roll into colored sugar to coat.
  6. Place on baking sheet and push down each ball slightly with a cup.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes


  1. Arica

    November 11, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    Would this recipe work for cut out sugar cookies as well?

    • Dough-Eyed

      November 11, 2018 at 11:30 pm

      Hi Arica! This recipe will not work for cutout cookies- they are puffy and almost cake like so they will not hold their shape. However, I really like this recipe for cutouts (among others) which I just made today! https://www.thecookiecountess.com/pages/sugar-cookie-recipe


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