Simple Sugar Cookies With White Icing

Super Simple (No Chill) Sugar Cookies

I don’t know about you but when I want to bake cookies, I need instant gratification. Especially if I am baking with my kids. Things don’t go well if we start a baking project and then I tell them we need to let the dough chill for a few hours (or more!). I want to mix up the dough, roll it out, cut out shapes, eat the scraps, bake the cookies, admire our cookie prowess and chow down.

Super Simple Sugar Cookies
Super Simple Sugar Cookies

This recipe can’t get much easier AND it doesn’t require you to chill the dough. At all. Mix it up, roll it out. Enjoy.

Sugar Cookie Dough
Sugar Cookie Dough – Ready To Roll

I have been making this dough with my kids for years… It is very forgiving so it’s perfect for letting your little people roll it out.

Sugar Cookie Dough
Sugar Cookie Dough … Roll it, cut it

We usually use this recipe for Christmas cookies but since the baby arrived and I have been hanging out at home a lot (yay for maternity leave!), we have been all about practicing our sugar cookie making for Valentine’s Day. I found these great heart cookie cutters with messages on them at Williams-Sonoma this past week…

Heart Cookie Cutters From Williams-Sonoma
Heart Cookie Cutters From Williams-Sonoma

We usually split the dough in half, put half in the fridge (save it for the next day…), and roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick. This thickness should give you about 10 to 12 cookies depending on the size of your cutter. If your kids don’t eat the scraps, roll the excess pieces together and cut out another one or two cookies.

Super Simple Sugar Cookies
These sugar cookies won’t last long …

You can eat your sugar cookies plain but, really, half the fun of sugar cookies is icing them! If you are looking for a simple, white icing that will harden overnight, all you need is confectioners’ sugar, corn syrup, vanilla extract, and water. Any extra icing will even keep in the fridge for a few days. Once the icing hardens on these cookies, they become really easy to transport and maybe even share with friends… If you don’t eat them all first.

Simple Sugar Cookies With White Icing
Simple Sugar Cookies With White Icing … Made By My 9 Year Old Sous-Chef
Simple Sugar Cookies With White Icing
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Super Simple (No Chill) Sugar Cookies With White Icing

If you are looking for a super simple sugar cookie recipe that doesn't need to chill, this is the recipe for you! Top them with white icing and give them to your favorite friends...
Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 dozen
Author Erin Brighton


Ingredients for Cookies

  • 1 cup butter , softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour (I used Cup4Cup gluten-free flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Ingredients for Icing

  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Instructions for Cookies...

  1. In a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar.
  2. Add egg and vanilla.
  3. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt. (Confession - I don't mix this in a separate bowl.)
  4. Add flour to butter and sugar mixture. Mix well.
  5. Divide dough in half. Set one half aside.
  6. On a lightly floured surface, roll out half the dough.
  7. Cut into shapes and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  8. Cook at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.

Instructions for Icing

  1. Combine confectioner's sugar, vanilla, corn syrup,and water. Stir together. If it's too thin, add more sugar. If it's too thick to spread, add more water.


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Erin Brighton

I am a native New Englander now living in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina and enjoying summers in sea-breezy Scituate, Massachusetts with my five small kids and two large dogs. I love to cook easy, local, and gluten-free for friends and family.

12 thoughts on “Super Simple (No Chill) Sugar Cookies”

  1. I am making these with my kids tomorrow! I can’t wait! Thank you for sharing this great recipe 🙂 I’ll let you know how they turn out!

  2. I just finished making no chill cookies. Not sure what I had done wrong. Unless room temp was too much. I was cutting on light floured counter n deformed stars no biggie so I rolled n cut on cookie sheet so I didn’t need to move stars around.
    Thank you for sharing

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