Mom’s Drop Sugar Cookies Recipe

Once the weather turns cooler, I’m all about baking. I love to walk through my home and smell homemade cookies baking in my oven. When it comes to homemade baked goods…cookies are my absolute favorite and I tend to go for the classics.

About 30 years ago my mother gave me this easy-to-make sugar cookies recipe. Unlike other recipes, you don’t have to waste any time rolling out the dough, using cookie cutters and all of those type’s of things. These are “drop-style” cookies, which means you simply drop the dough onto your baking sheet, flatten it a little bit with the back of a spoon and bake.

Below the recipe you’ll find an alternative way to make them too! You can find our Ghirardelli Chocolate Chip Cookies and our Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies recipes right here on the blog too!

Mom's Drop Sugar Cookies Recipe

Mom’s Drop Sugar Cookies Recipe

1 cup butter, softened (not margarine)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
Colored Sugars or Sprinkles

Beat the softened butter and granulated sugar together in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until creamy and smooth. Add in the large egg, beat until fluffy. Stir in the all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt and ground cinnamon until well blended. Form dough into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap or place into a large zipper-close gallon-sized bag. Refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Separate the dough into manageable portions. Drop dough onto lightly greased baking sheets using a tablespoon. Use the spoon to flatten the cookie dough. Sprinkle the top of each cookie with colored sugar or sprinkles.

Bake for 7-8 minutes or until they are lightly browned. Let cookies stand on cookie sheet for 1-2 minutes before moving them to a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container.

Note: My husband likes his with a mixture of brown sugar & cinnamon on his. If you’re not a big fan of the colored sugars & sprinkles, you can certainly dust the tops of your cookies with a mixture of brown sugar & cinnamon.

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  1. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    This is an easy recipe to make. It should make a great sugar cookie.

  2. Nice easy recipe that would be fun to decorate with some sprinkles or icing. Sugar cookies are a favorite in our household and I like do the drop recipe so much better.

  3. I like how easy these cookies are. I would do the cinnamon & brown sugar topping.

  4. ellen beck says:

    One cookie we all seem to agree on is sugar cookies. I like the drop variety I think the best. They seem to me moister, and just in generally a nice tasting cooking. I know when our Mother made these she used either the sugar on top or did frost them if she has leftover frosting. Looks delicious.

  5. Mmmm, sugar cookies! I love them but don’t make them often because of all the extra fussing, with rolling and cutting, so your drop version really appeals to me. And I like your husband’s idea for a brown-sugar cinnamon topping! I’m starting to go through my recipes to choose which ones I’ll make for holiday gifts, and these will be in contention. Thanks–and thank you mother for passing along her recipe, too. 🙂

  6. Cathy Jarolin says:

    I can already taste these delicious sugar cookies. They are easy to make also. I pinned it on my Cookie Board. I might make some today! Thank You for sharing your recipe…

  7. Sugar cookies are a staple dessert in our house! We love em’! 😉

  8. I love simple cookie recipes that I can make in a quick afternoon for the kids! Sounds like a great recipe!! Thanks for sharing~

  9. Peggy Nunn says:

    That sound like a great simple recipe for sugar cookies. I can get the girls to make them. I will let them choose the toppings that they want to sprinkle. Thank you for the idea and recipe.