This no-spread cookie dough recipe has been firm favourite of mine for many years now! I use it on my Iced Cookie Classes at the shop and pretty much any time I make biscuits I’ll come back to this recipe. Lots of you have been asking for the recipe when I posted the above picture showing just how no-spread it was. I have the recipe on this blog already in lots of different forms (Ballerina Cookies, Unicorn Cookies) but this one will be easier to find for future! There’s also a video showing how to make them on my YouTube Channel here:

You will need (Makes approx 40 small cookies):

This cookie dough can also be frozen for up to 1 month, so it’s perfect for making in advance. The baked cookies can also be frozen too.

You can also add other dry flavourings such as cinnamon for a Christmas Flavour, or cocoa powder for dark chocolate ones.

For the no-spread sugar cookie dough, mix together the butter and sugar using a wooden spoon or stand mixer on low speed.

Next add the beaten egg and vanilla, mixing until well combined. It may look separated, but will come together once you add the flour so don’t panic.

Next add your flour, a little a time until you get a thick dough. You may need to finish off the mixing using your hands and kneading the last bits of flour in.

Bring the dough together in a ball and wrap in cling film, place in the fridge for approx 30 minutes to chill and firm.

When you are ready to roll out your dough, put the oven on approx 160 degrees and line a few baking trays with greaseproof paper.

Roll out your dough on a lightly floured surface, to about 1/2cm thickness. Use your plunger cutters to cut out your shapes, then transfer them to a baking tray.

Bake the cookies for approx 8-10 minutes, but essentially until they just start to go golden. The smaller the cookie, the less time it will take to bake! They may still feel soft when you touch them, but they will harden upon cooling so don’t worry that they are undercooked. Leave the cookies to cool on a wire rack.

Now you can decorate or simply leave plain and enjoy! Last approx 3-4 days kept in a sealed cello bag or airtight container.

Jem x

No Spread Cookie Dough

A quick and simple recipe for perfect cookie dough that doesn't spread when baked.
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: biscuits, cookie dough
Servings: 30 Cookies
Author: Iced Jems

Equipment

  • 1 Mixing Bowl
  • 1 Spoon
  • 1 Flat Baking Tray
  • Selection Cookie Cutters or Plunger Cutters
  • 1 Non Stick Rolling Pin

Ingredients

  • 200 grams Unsalted Butter (at room temperature)
  • 200 grams Caster Sugar
  • 1 Egg (lightly beaten)
  • 410 grams Plain Flour
  • Few drops Vanilla Flavouring

Instructions

  • Mix together the butter and sugar using a spoon or stand mixer on low speed
  • Add the beaten egg and vanilla, mixing until well combined. It may look separated, but will come together once you add the flour so don’t panic
  • Add your flour, a little a time until you get a thick dough. You may need to finish off the mixing using your hands and kneading the last bits of flour in.
  • Bring the dough together in a ball and wrap in cling film, place in the fridge for approx 30 minutes to chill and firm.
  • When you are ready to roll out your dough, put the oven on approx 160 degrees and line a few baking trays with greaseproof paper.
  • Roll out your dough on a lightly floured surface, to about 1/2cm thickness. 
  • Use your cookie cutters or plunger cutters to cut out your shapes, then transfer them to a baking tray. Bake the cookies for approx 8-10 minutes, but essentially until they just start to go golden. 
  • Leave the cookies to cool on a wire rack.
  • Now you can decorate or simply leave plain and enjoy!

Notes

The cookie dough can be frozen for up to 1 month.
The cookies last approx 3-4 days sealed in an airtight container. After this, they tend to go a bit soft.
The cookies will feel soft when you take them out of the oven, but will harden upon cooling.
 

2 thoughts on “No Spread Cookie Dough Recipe

  1. Mrs mac says:

    Made these cookies to go in Christmas Eve treat boxes…looked fab and tasted amazing!! Definitely didn’t spread came out perfect…thank you x

  2. olivia says:

    what a wonderful recipe :)! I love how the cookies are nice and thick too! I have to give this a try 🙂 my cookies are always spreading 🙁 thank you for sharing with us! I hope you will have a great day!

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