Easy Sugar Cookies

This post may contain affiliate links, which gives me a small percentage of the sale, at no cost to you. Thank you!

Love sugar cookies but hate taking all the time to roll them out? Me too! These easy sugar cookies require no rolling out on the counter top! Just roll them in balls and squish them. They are quick to put together and have  great flavor. My four year old helped me make these and he loved dipping the glass in sugar and then smashing the cookies flat. If you don’t have a four year old, you will have to do that part yourself.
Recipe for Easy Sugar Cookies that do not need to be rolled out on the counter. A huge time saver!
I love any treat with almond flavoring, and these have plenty of it. They are buttery and just melt in your mouth. They are definitely going into my regular cookie rotation!
easy-sugar-cooikies Wouldn’t they look pretty on a Christmas cookie tray?

Yield: 3 dozen

Easy Sugar Cookies

Easy Sugar Cookies
Simple buttery sugar cookies that require no cookie cutters.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • Frosting for Sugar Cookies
  • 1/3 cup soft butter
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • dash salt
  • 2-3 Tbsp cream or milk


Mix butter, sugar and extract in a large bowl. Beat until creamy, 1 to 2 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Roll dough into 1 inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet and flatten balls to 1/4 inch thickness with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar.

Bake at 375 for 7-9 minutes or until edges are very lightly browned. Cool for a couple of minutes on the baking sheet before moving to cooling racks.

Cool completely. Frost cookies and decorate with sprinkles if desired.

Frosting: Beat together all ingredients till smooth and creamy, adding as much cream or milk as needed.

Recipe adapted from Leigh Anne of yourhomebasedmom.


  1. Elaine Dickerson says:

    I just made my second double batch of these cookies. They are the greatest little cookie EVER! Sprinkles, no sprinkles, glaze, no glaze, it doesn’t matter they’re just the best! I bake mine just a tad longer to get them a little brown around the edges and a little crispy. Yum!!!

    • I’m happy to hear how much you love them Elaine! I like the texture of them when they are soft, but you are right that when the edges are a little brown they have a yummy flavor. 🙂

  2. Thank you for this easy and yummy recipe! Brings back memories of making something similar with my mom.

  3. These cookies are super easy and sooooo yummy! I just made them for Santa but my family is eating them. I just made another batch! So good!!

  4. We just had a snow storm and were stuck in the house with no eggs (used them all for breakfast)! We really wanted to make some sugar cookies so I gave this recipe a try. WOW, they were delicious!! Super soft, buttery and moist. We didn’t have any almond so I used vanilla instead. I think the almond will make these cookies perfect. Yes it might look like a ball of flour at first, but once cooked the butter takes over. Thanks for a great cookie!!

  5. How many cookies does this make?

  6. Teresa Wilson says:

    These are so easy and delicious! I needed a quick easy recipe for school Halloween pretty. I will definitely be adding this to my recipe box and sharing it with newlyweds!
    Thanks for sharing!!

  7. Do you need to add almond extract or can it be substituted with vanilla? Allergic to almonds and almond extract.

  8. Can i sub vanilla for almond?

  9. These were wonderful! Easy to bake. Melt in your mouth good. I added 1 tsp. of water to the recipe, substituted 1/2 cup of Crisco and 1/2 cup margarine, and used a blender. Thank you for the recipe!

  10. What happened with instruction numer 4? Nothing is writen next to it.

  11. Does this not need egg? I just tried this recipe and is just a big bowl of flour. It doesn’t form a dough and I think it’s missing ingredients

    • No, no egg. They are more like a shortbread cookie. If you mix it together with your hands, it should come together. It’s a pretty stiff dough though, so don’t give up!

  12. This is my kind of cookie!! They look amazing.

  13. Monica Schenk says:

    How many cookies are on this batch?

Speak Your Mind