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Best No-Roll Sugar Cookies

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  • Prep 55 min
  • Total 1 hr 5 min
  • Servings 48
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Who said the best sugar cookies only come from a bakery? Definitely not us! Instead, easily make the same delicious, soft and chewy bakery-quality sugar cookies from the comfort of your own kitchen with this sweet and simple sugar cookie recipe. No rolling, no complex ingredients, just a little measuring and mixing and you’ll be on your way to enjoying a large batch of these classic and sweet treats. Add colored sugar right before baking for a fun twist or keep them simple with classic sugar. Either way, this sugar cookie recipe will quickly become a simple-to-make favorite in your home for when you need to satisfy a sweet tooth!
Updated Nov 16, 2020
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  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/3 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Colored sugar or granulated sugar
Make With
Gold Medal Flour


  • 1
    Heat oven to 375°F. Line cookie sheets with cooking parchment paper; set aside.
  • 2
    In large bowl, beat 1 cup granulated sugar and butter with electric mixer on low speed or with spoon until light and fluffy. Stir in vanilla, nutmeg and egg. Stir in flour and baking soda. Shape dough by teaspoonfuls into balls. Place 2 inches apart on lined cookie sheets. Flatten slightly with bottom of glass dipped in sugar.
  • 3
    Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until set. Remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 20 minutes. Store covered in airtight container.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Baking on parchment paper not only ensures that your cookies don’t stick to your pan—it also makes cleanup a breeze. Just be sure to buy parchment and not wax paper, as the latter will melt.
  • tip 2
    If you bake cookies often, have at least 3 or 4 cookie sheets, so as you bake 1 sheet, you can get another one ready to go.
  • tip 3
    Whether you’re a weekly baker or a once-a-year baker, a cookie scoop is a small but mighty investment in your kitchen equipment arsenal. Using a cookie scoop helps you make equally sized cookies so that they bake evenly, and the spring action helps pop them out onto the cookie sheet without a mess.
  • tip 4
    Homemade no-roll sugar cookies allow you to adapt your treats to your tastes. This recipe calls for nutmeg, but you could also try substituting another spice in the same amount. Or, if you’re baking for a special occasion that’s associated with certain colors (like red and green at Christmas or your school’s colors for a graduation party), you can bring those into the mix with colored sugars!


80 Calories, 4 g Total Fat, 1 g Protein, 10 g Total Carbohydrate

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories from Fat
Total Fat
4 g
Saturated Fat
2 g
15 mg
40 mg
10 mg
Total Carbohydrate
10 g
Dietary Fiber
1 g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
1/2 Starch; 1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • If you love the buttery, sweet taste of homemade sugar cookies, but don’t have the time to fuss with cutouts, this is your recipe. In just over an hour, using ingredients you probably already have on hand— Gold Medal™ All Purpose Flour, butter and vanilla to name a few—you can have a warm cookie in hand. One thing we love about this recipe is that it’s so much fun to make with others, especially children. After all, what could be better than smashing a ball of cookie dough with the bottom of a sugar-coated glass? To add some extra-special seasonal sparkle, make your own colored sugar. Place 1/2 cup granulated sugar in a resealable plastic food-storage bag, add liquid food color to tint as desired and seal the bag. Then, squeeze and rub sugar in the bag until it becomes evenly colored. If it clumps, just break it apart until the clumps are gone—another task children will love! The short cooking time, basic ingredients and most of all—the perfect flavor of these cookies—make them too good to save for the holidays. We consider them a staple in the Betty Crocker Kitchens all year round. There’s more than one way to bake sugar cookies—try another recipe, like these Sugar Cookie Truffle Cups or read up on Betty’s tips for baking classic sugar cookies. We’re sure your efforts will be rewarded when you serve up a plate of these to family and friends!
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