How to Make Easy No Spread Sugar Cookies

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I’ve tried way too many sugar cookie recipes, and can finally say this is, by far, the best easy no spread sugar cookie recipe you will find!

You know how some recipes have a hundred variations out there, and it’s hard to find the one that your family loves? If you’ve been on the hunt for a good no-spread sugar cookie recipe, you have to try this one.

I’ve tried countless sugar cookie recipes, and I can finally say this is, by far,

my favorite, easy no spread sugar cookies recipe.

No Spread Sugar Cookies

It does not bloat, or spread.

And when you bite into a cookie, you get that crisp bite, and just-the-right-amount-of-chewy insides.

No Spread Sugar Cookies

But the proof is in the pudding, right?

After tasting our first batch, it gets full points!

These no-spread sugar cookies taste great as is, or with a thin layer of cream cheese frosting, or a glaze.

No Spread Sugar Cookies

You could even bake a batch of sugar cookies, make 3 or 4 cream cheese frosting bags (with different colors),

package everything in a box,

and drop this off for a friend with kids.

Enjoy making these cookies with your kids.

Holiday baking does not need to be stressful!

Make those memories, ignore the imperfect shapes, the flour on the floor,

and just try to have a little fun.

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Here you go!

The No Spread Sugar Cookie Recipe You Have Been Waiting For!

My Favorite No Spread Sugar Cookies Recipe-MommySnippets.com

No Spread Sugar Cookies Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes 3 seconds
Cook Time: 12 minutes 10 seconds
Additional Time: 20 minutes 15 seconds
Total Time: 37 minutes 28 seconds

You won't use another sugar cookie recipe after trying this no spread version


  • Cookie Dough:
  • 1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 1.5 cup All Purpose flour
  • extra flour for rolling out
  • Glaze
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp clear vanilla (regular vanilla is fine but the glaze will need to be colored)
  • Red & Green GEL food colors.


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F
  2. Cream together butter and sugars (3-5 mins) depending on speed of mixer
  3. Add egg and vanilla. Mix until incorporated.
  4. Add flour and salt. Mix until dough forms.
  5. Sprinkle a dusting of flour on your work surface.
  6. Knead your dough gently to bring it together before rolling it out.
  7. Lightly flour the top of the dough and make sure any exposed surface area your dough can
    touch is floured.
  8. Roll out dough.
  9. Cut out shapes and place onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  10. Bake for 10-12 mins
  11. Allow cookies to cool on pan 15-20 min before icing.

Glaze Icing Instructions:
1. Add powdered sugar, corn syrup, water and vanilla to a bowl.
2. Mix with an electric mixer until fully mixed in.
3. For a bright white icing you will need to add 3-4 drops of white gel coloring.
4. Icing should be thick not runny. If it’s runny, it will run off the cookie.
5. Separate icing into smaller bowls and color with a drop of gel food coloring.


Notes for glaze:
Gel colors are strongly recommended to change the color of the icing. Using a liquid based
color will change the consistency of the icing and also won’t be as vibrant.
For a bright white icing, you’ll need some white gel coloring. Using the white color can also help
create pastel colors when mixed with darker tones.
If the icing is “runny” add sifted powder sugar so that you avoid clumps in your icing.

To make dark colors it is a two step process:
Red: Make deep pink icing (2-3 drops) then add 1-2 drops of red gel food coloring.
Black: Make brown icing (1-2 drops) then add 2-3 drops black icing
Do not try to make red icing without making it pink with pink gel color first. Red plus white
equals pink. No matter how much red color you add to white icing it’s not going to turn a deep

Ooh, something else I love doing is adding a dash of almond extract to my glaze or cream cheese frosting to make the overall flavor profile taste like marzipan.

Mmmm, yum! My Favorite No Spread Sugar Cookies Recipe-MommySnippets.com

Do you have a favorite sugar cookie recipe?

Perhaps one that has been passed down several generations?

Feel free to link to it in the comments. I would love to give it a try!

An Easy No Spread Sugar Cookie Recipe-MommySnippets.com