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3 Ingredient Sugar Cookies

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These egg-free 3 Ingredient Sugar Cookies are foolproof, ready to go in under an hour and can be topped with a simple glaze and sprinkles or eaten on their own!

These 3 Ingredient Sugar Cookies are SO easy to make, you guys! Seriously, in less than 5 minutes, the dough is fully mixed and ready to chill and bake. You just need butter, sugar, and all-purpose flour. Yup, no eggs or extracts, but you won’t even notice they’re gone. Decorate them with a simple glaze and some colorful sprinkles, and you’ll have tasty cookies that your whole family will adore!

3 ingredient sugar cookies stacked in front of a bottle of milk, on parchment paper with more cookies in the background

I love whipping up my tried-and-true favorites like pecan meltaways or a batch of fluffy whipped shortbread cookies. But what if you want something simpler that needs fewer ingredients? The answer is this 3 ingredient sugar cookie recipe! They might go under the radar, but trust me, they’re absolutely delicious. They’ve got this perfect, slightly crispy texture and a rich, buttery taste that’s just unbeatable. I’m so hooked that I often double the recipe – gotta keep that cookie jar filled, you know?

3 Ingredient Sugar Cookies Overview

Cuisine Inspiration: American
Number of Ingredients: 3 (excluding the ingredients for the optional toppings)
Makes: 20 Cookies
Total Cook Time: About 47 minutes
Primary Cooking Method: Baking
Dietary Info: Vegetarian
Key Flavor: Sweet and buttery
Skill Level: Beginner

Notable mentions

  • Egg-Free Cookies: These sugar cookies are a dream come true for those with egg allergies or when you’re out of eggs. You get all the sweetness and rich, buttery flavor without a single egg!
  • Keeps Their Shape: Ever had your cookies spread too thin or lose their shape while baking? Not these guys. This dough is easy to work with and holds its shape like it’s supposed to.
  • Only Pantry Staples: If you’re scrambling for a last-minute dessert, these easy sugar cookies have got your back. All you need are three basic ingredients that I just know you already have in your pantry. It doesn’t get more convenient than that!
  • Great for Decorating: These cookies are like a blank canvas waiting for your creative touch. Whether it’s a splash of colorful sprinkles, a drizzle of icing, or a dusting of powdered sugar, they’re perfect for decorating.

Ingredients to make 3 Ingredient Sugar Cookies

For the Cookies

  • Unsalted Butter: This is the heart of your cookies, bringing in all that lovely, rich flavor. Make sure it’s room temperature to get that perfect creamy mix.
  • Granulated Sugar: Sweetness is key, and granulated sugar does the trick. If you’re in a pinch, you can use confectioners’ sugar for a finer texture.
  • All-Purpose Flour: The structure of your cookies comes from good ol’ all-purpose flour. It’s perfect for creating that tender yet slightly crisp crumb.

For the Toppings

  • Confectioners’ Sugar & Water or Milk: This duo is your ticket to an easy, drizzly icing. Mix to your preferred consistency and get creative with your decorating!
  • Colorful Sprinkles: My kids LOVE anything that has colorful sprinkles. They add fun and a tiny bit of texture, making your easy 3 ingredient sugar cookies not just tasty, but also super cute.
Overhead shot of two 3 ingredient sugar cookies with icing and sprinkles on a black plate, with more cookies on parchment paper next to it

How to make 3 Ingredient Sugar Cookies

Step 1: Mix, Chill, and Shape The Dough

  1. Using a stand mixer, whip the butter and granulated sugar together until smooth and creamy.
  2. Attach the paddle to the mixer and gradually incorporate the all-purpose flour on a low setting.
  3. Continue mixing until the dough binds and becomes slightly crumbly, ensuring to scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.
  4. Mold the dough into a ball and place it on a sheet of plastic wrap. Shape the dough into a log, wrap it securely, and refrigerate. Allow the dough to chill.
  5. Once the dough is firm, cut it into ½-inch thick slices and arrange them on your lined cookie sheets. Bake until they’re fully set, and the center is no longer glossy.
A step by step image collage on how to make 3 ingredient sugar cookies with ingredients, mixing all the ingredients, wrapping the dough in plastic wrap to chill, and shaping the dough

Step 2: Mix the Icing

  1. Add confectioners’ sugar and water (or milk) to a small bowl.
  2. Whisk together until it reaches a smooth consistency suitable for drizzling.
A step by step image collage on how to make the icing for 3 ingredient sugar cookies with mixing the ingredients and icing mixed

Step 3: decorate the cookies

  1. Let the cookies cool down entirely before decorating them. Once they’re cool, drizzle them with the icing.
  2. Top them with sprinkles, working fast to sprinkle them before the icing sets.
A step by step image collage on how to make 3 ingredient sugar cookies with drizzling the baked cookies with the glaze, and topping them with sprinkles
  • Vanilla or Almond Extract: While these 3 ingredient sugar cookies are great on their own, a dash of vanilla or almond extract can elevate them to a whole new level. Just a teaspoon mixed in with your butter and sugar will do the trick.
  • Light Brown Sugar Swap: If you’re after a deeper flavor with a hint of molasses and a slightly chewier texture, try swapping your granulated sugar for light brown sugar.
  • Cake Flour: Some don’t like the slightly crisp texture and want cake-like cookies. If you’re on that boat, simply use cake flour instead of all-purpose flour, and you’ll get lighter and oh-so-soft cookies.
  • Mini Chocolate Chips: Who can resist the allure of chocolate chips? Certainly not me! You can try my 4 Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies or stir in a handful of mini chocolate chips into your dough for that decadent chocolatey bite in every cookie.

Tips for making the best easy 3 ingredient sugar cookies

  1. Give Them Space: Make sure to leave about 2 inches of space between each cookie on the sheet. This breathing room helps each cookie bake evenly and maintain its shape, preventing any cookie mergers.
  2. Let Them Cool: Patience, everyone! Let your cookies cool down completely before you even think about adding that drizzle of icing. This ensures the icing stays on top, rather than melting into the cookies.
  3. Use the Right Rack: Baking on the middle rack is a must in this sugar cookies recipe. It allows for even heat distribution, giving you consistently baked cookies every single time.
  4. Measure Flour Wisely: Avoid the dreaded tough cookie syndrome by measuring your flour with care. Spoon it lightly into the measuring cup and level it off with a knife before adding it to the butter and sugar mixture.
Closeup of 3 ingredient sugar cookies topped with sprinkles stacked on parchment paper

How to store 3 Ingredient Sugar Cookies

After your cookies have had their cool-down time, slide them into an airtight container. If you’ve got a bunch, layer them up with parchment paper in between to keep them from sticking together. Tuck them away in a cool, dry spot – your countertop or pantry is just perfect.

How long will 3 Ingredient Sugar Cookies last?

Kept in an airtight container away from moisture, hot spaces, and direct sunlight, they’ll stay fresh and yummy for 3-5 days.

Can I freeze 3 ingredient sugar cookies without eggs?

You can freeze them! For baked cookies, layer them with parchment paper in between to prevent sticking, then transfer them to a freezer bag or airtight container. They’ll chill happily for up to 3 months. Or, if you want to freeze the dough, you can shape it into a log, wrap it snugly, and freeze. It’ll be good to go for up to 3 months as well. When the cookie mood strikes, just slice and bake!

What to serve with 3 Ingredient Sugar Cookies

  • Brownie Batter Dip: Dive into decadence by pairing these simple sugar cookies with my sinfully delicious brownie batter dip. The cookies act as a scoop for this rich, chocolatey delight!
  • Fruity Sorbet or Ice Cream: Balance the buttery richness of the cookies with the light, refreshing zing of a fruity sorbet or your favorite ice cream flavor.
  • A Cup of Your Favorite Brew: Be it a steaming mug of coffee, a cozy cup of tea, or even a tall glass of cold milk, these cookies love company. They’re the perfect dunking companions, ready to soak up your favorite beverage.
  • Homemade Whipped Cream: Whip up a batch of homemade whipped cream, maybe with a dash of vanilla or a sprinkle of cinnamon, and use these cookies as a spoon!

Frequently asked questions

Can I make the cookie dough ahead of time?

You bet! Just mix the cookie dough, shape it into a log, wrap it snugly, and refrigerate it. The dough can chill in the fridge for up to 48 hours. When you’re ready to bake, just shape the cookies and pop them in the oven.

Can I make these cookies gluten-free?

Yes! Simply swap the all-purpose flour with your favorite gluten-free flour blend. Look for a 1:1 gluten-free flour that’s meant for baking.

My cookies came out too hard. What Happened?

That might be due to over-measuring the flour or baking them a bit too long. Remember to spoon and level your flour when measuring, and keep a close eye on the baking time. Every oven is different, so it might take a few tries to find the perfect timing for yours.

Closeup of two 3 ingredient sugar cookies with a bite taken out of one, placed on a black plate. In the background, there are more cookies on parchment paper

And there you have it – your new go-to recipe for buttery, delicious 3 Ingredient Sugar Cookies! They’re perfect for when you need a quick sweet fix, for sharing with friends and family, or even as a fun baking project with the kiddos.

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3 Ingredient Sugar Cookies

These egg-free 3 Ingredient Sugar Cookies are foolproof, ready to go in under an hour and can be topped with a simple glaze and sprinkles or eaten on their own!
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Author Jackie
Servings 20 cookies
Course Dessert
Calories 179
Prep Time 5 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 47 minutes

Ingredients
  

For the Cookies:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

For the Toppings:

  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water or milk
  • 4 tablespoons colorful sprinkles

Instructions

For the Cookies:

  • Using a stand mixer, whip the butter and granulated sugar together until smooth and creamy.
  • Attach the paddle to the mixer and gradually incorporate the all-purpose flour on a low setting. Continue mixing until the dough binds and becomes slightly crumbly, ensuring to scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Mold the dough into a ball and place it on a sheet of plastic wrap. Shape the dough into a log, wrap it securely, and refrigerate. Allow the dough to chill for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Preheat your oven to 350°F and prepare your cookie sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Once the dough is firm, cut it into ½-inch thick slices and arrange them on your lined cookie sheets.
  • Bake the cookies for 12 to 14 minutes, or until they’re fully set and the center is no longer glossy.
  • Let the cookies cool down entirely before decorating them.

For the Toppings:

  • For the icing, whisk the confectioners’ sugar with water or milk until it reaches a smooth consistency suitable for drizzling.
  • Decorate the cookies by drizzling them with the icing and topping with sprinkles, working fast to sprinkle them before the icing sets.

Notes

  • Give Them Space: Make sure to leave about 2 inches of space between each cookie on the sheet. This breathing room helps each cookie bake evenly and maintain its shape, preventing any cookie mergers.
  • Let Them Cool: Patience, everyone! Let your cookies cool down completely before you even think about adding that drizzle of icing. This ensures the icing stays on top, rather than melting into the cookies.
  • Use the Right Rack: Baking on the middle rack is a must in this sugar cookies recipe. It allows for even heat distribution, giving you consistently baked cookies every single time.
  • Measure Flour Wisely: Avoid the dreaded tough cookie syndrome by measuring your flour with care. Spoon it lightly into the measuring cup and level it off with a knife before adding it to the butter and sugar mixture.
Nutritional information does include the glaze and sprinkles.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 cookie, Calories: 179kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.4g, Cholesterol: 25mg, Sodium: 3mg, Potassium: 23mg, Fiber: 0.4g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 288IU, Calcium: 8mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Cuisine American

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