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The Best and Softest No-Frosting-Required Sugar Cookies

These no chill sugar cookies are so soft and delicious they dont even require frosting!
Course: Dessert
Keyword: cookies, dessert, Food, Recipe


  • Cream
  • 1 cup shortening use this trick for no-mess cleanup!
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 cups flour or more, so the texture is not sticky but still soft
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • Cream together the shortening and sugar
  • Add eggs and mix well
  • Then add baking soda, salt, flour, milk and vanilla
  • If you’re adding sprinkles, stir in 1/3 cup (or more!) sprinkles of your choice (about one bottle of sprinkles, give or take). We’ve used several types — the only kind I wasn’t thrilled with were the colored sugar crystal sprinkles since they mostly dissolved into the dough and gave them an odd color.
  • Scoop onto ungreased cookie sheet.
  • I like to flatten the top slightly with a cup dipped in sugar and pat a few more sprinkles into the top, or you could also roll the balls in sprinkles for an extra-colorful cookie.
  • Bake at 350 for 8-9 minutes, then leave a few minutes extra on the cookie sheet to finish cooking.
  • Let cool on a cookie rack and store in a sealed container.


The time will depend on your oven — my oven bakes them perfectly in 10-11 minutes, so you’ll have to test that a little bit with the first batch. If they get brown around the edges, they are over-done and will lose the soft, chewy cookie texture.