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christmas drop sugar cookies on a plate decorated with red and green sprinkles

Drop Style Christmas Sugar Cookies

These Drop Style Christmas Sugar Cookies are an easy and delicious soft and chewy sugar cookie recipe. There's no need to roll any dough or cut out shapes. Simply shape the cookie dough into balls and decorate with festive holiday sprinkles.
5 from 32 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Chilling Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 28 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 36
Calories 114 kcal




  • Using an electric hand mixer or stand mixer, cream the softened butter and white sugar on medium speed until well combined, about 1 minute.
  • Add the vanilla extract and room temperature eggs. Beat for an additional minute, then add all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Beat for 1-2 minutes, until the dry ingredients have been completely mixed into the wet and the dough ball is mostly smooth (it will be a bit crumbly at this point). Add the milk and beat on low speed until evenly combined and dough is smooth and soft. Chill the dough for at least 1 hour.
  • Line baking sheets with parchment paper and pour sprinkles into bowls. Once the dough has chilled, scoop 1-2 tablespoons of dough depending on how big you want the cookies and shape into a ball. Roll the cookie dough balls in the sprinkles and place at least 1 inch apart on a baking sheet. Bake at 400° Fahrenheit for 6-9 minutes or until the edges just begin to brown.
  • Remove baking sheet from the oven and immediately transfer cookies to a cooling rack.


Sprinkles can be added into the batter with the flour if desired. Use about ½ cup. 
Yield: 3 dozen sugar cookies.
Storing: soft sugar cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-4 days. Longer than this and they will begin to harden.
Freezer Storage: this recipe keeps in the freezer for up to 6 months. Wrap in plastic and put into freezer safe bags.


Serving: 3ozCalories: 114kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 43mgPotassium: 17mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 175IUCalcium: 14mgIron: 0.5mg
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