Edible Sugar Cookie Dough made with 4 simple ingredients: Butter, Sugar, Flour, & Vanilla.
I love making sugar cookies with all that butter & sugar, yum! I also love sneaking a spoonful here & there when I’m making them but I won’t if it has eggs added to it already because I worry about it making me sick (I know…what are the odds?!).
This recipe is perfect for those times when your craving a little sugar cookie dough. I derived this recipe from one of my favorite butter/shortbread cookie recipes & it makes pretty delicious dough for consuming straight from the spoon.
Recipe makes a small batch, about 2 servings.
Update: I’ve gotten a lot of feedback from people about this recipe. Most seems to tell me they like it as is. A few people have told me they needed to add a tablespoon or two more of butter because their dough was a little dry. Some suggest adding a pinch of brown sugar or a bit of milk also. All good ideas!
- ¼ cup salted butter, semi melted (I usually take cold butter & microwave it for 20-30 sec.)
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup flour
- +sprinkles (optional)
- Cream butter & sugar together using an electric mixer until light & fluffy. (use melted butter or semi-melted soft butter)
- Mix in vanilla. Mix in flour until soft dough forms.
*Eating raw flour has become a concern for some people. People have been trying the microwave method to heat flour to 160 F. degrees, I have not tried it. Disclaimer: Make & eat at your own risk.
Puja Darshan says
Really simple and easy recipe. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Puja! :)
Hi i was wondering if you absoulutly have to use a stand mixer, and if not, what do you do? Thanks
Hi Angeline, I think it could be made just fine if you just mix it by hand in a mixing bowl.
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
Oh this looks SO good! I’ve made chocolate chip cookie dough like this before, but never a sugar cookie kind. I have a feeling I would devour this ALL in no time!
OH GOSH. Now I will definitely eat All The Cookie Dough.
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Sandra Clayton Rose says
This was super delish! I added crushed pecans instead of sprinkles and a pinch of nutmeg let it dry out a little on the counter an used it as an ice cream topping….yummy!
Hi Cierra, I’m glad you liked the recipe! Using it as an ice cream topping sounds amazing!
I made this cookie dough and it was extremely crumbly so I doubled the recipe and the 2nd time I melted the butter instead of softening it. The size of the cookie ball was the size of a softball, with the recipe doubled.
Hi Cami, I’m glad the melting of the butter worked better for you. I have tried that but had better luck with softened butter. The original recipe does make a small batch, enough for 1 person, 2 at most.
Does it have to be salted butter?
Hi Shayla, No. You can use unsalted butter if you prefer. You might want to add 1/8 teaspoon salt to the recipe however.
Hi can you bake the cookies?
Hi Christina, If you want to make the cookies that inspired this recipe the directions are here: http://www.thesemisweetsisters.com/2016/02/17/cps-lunchroom-butter-cookies-4-ingredients/ :)
Soooooooo silken gonna make another batch
Yum, I am so glad I found this recipe tonight! I was craving dessert and whipped this up. My husband and I gobbled it right up!
Hi Brooke! I’m glad you guys liked this recipe! :)
I doubled the recipe, mixed in 1 cup of vanilla yogurt, and froze it overnight. Yummy Sugar Cookie Fro-Yo!!!!!
Love it! Sounds delicious!
Thanks! Easy to make , exactly what I was craving
Hi Marissa, I’m glad you liked the recipe!
Substitute the white four for oat flour.
I would suggest adding just a table spoon of milk to this recipe. It keeps the dough together much better and creates the cookie dough consistency we all love !!
Hi Hadley, Thanks for sharing that tip! I’ll have to try it.
Kyra Lawson says
I’m one that eats regular cookie dough (rebel I know) but with a new baby, I need to actually try to be safe.. sooo this is perfect. I also had two dreams about sugar cookie dough. Hence me reading this lol! Also people are concerned about flour? Pretty soon people will be concerned about oxygen.
Hi Kyra, Thanks for commenting! I hope you like the recipe! :) BTW Congrats on the new baby!
Hey! I’m not sure if I did something wrong, but mine turned out really floury, crumbly just didn’t have a very good consistency at all. It’s probably my fault, but can you think of anything I could of done wrong?
Hi Lilian, I have had a few people tell me that theirs also turned out dry so they added a little extra butter. Perhaps the flour was packed down when measured or the butter might not have been soft enough when added.
Hi, mine keeps going really pale, I wish i could get mine nice but it always either tastes of flour or then if i reduce the flour it tastes of butter and it always goes a very pale colour? No matter what i do it’s wrong lol. Is there any reason why it keeps going pale? Thank you x
Hi Danni, I’m not sure what the problem could be. The color could be effected by the kind of flour your using, I use king arthur unbleached all purpose flour or maybe the brand of butter but the dough is pretty pale in color because it does not have egg yolk in it. It should have a vanilla flavor to it & mine also has a strong butter flavor which I like.
Try using colorless vanilla. You can find it in the cake section at Walmart I believe ?
Kong Jia Jia says
is it safe to eat normal cookie dough?
They say you are not supposed to eat raw eggs in cookie dough.
What if I dont have any extract? is it neccesary?
Hi Tiara, I love vanilla extract so I’d say yes it is necessary but it’s just a matter of preference. You could probably make it without it. :)
I hate you for this!!!!! (No, not really.)It was absolutely delicious! Now my tummy hurts. At least I know it’s not from salmonella tho. Thanks for the recipe! :)
Hi Kelly, I’m glad you liked it! :)
Chey chey says
Oh my goodness I can’t tell you how Delicious this is in word oh yummy thanks for sharing this recipe
So glad you liked the recipe! :)
You are my hero!
Um I tried it with gluten free flour and it worked well but it wasn’t very sweet but I loved it thanks
Hi Lex, I’m glad it still worked with gluten free flour!
This has got to be the best and most simple cookie dough recipe ever. This is my go to recipe for when I need something sweet but don’t have a lot in the house. So impressed. Thank you!
Kylie, I’m so glad you liked the recipe!
I don’t have butter and I really need something sweet, could I use oil?
I do not recommend using oil, it is not a good substitute for this recipe. You could use a butter substitute like smart balance, earth balance, etc. This recipe needs the buttery flavor.
Jordan M says
This recipe is wonderful! I love edible cookie dough but am always out of chocolate chips so this is perfect for late night cravings! I was wondering if I would be able to substitute the sugar for an artificial sweetener (like stevia)? My friend can’t have sugar but really wants to try this. Thanks y’all :)
Hi Jordan, I’m glad you like the recipe! I am not sure how it would taste with a sugar alternative, I have not tried it. I someone use stevia in recipes instead of sugar though.
It tastes better cold fist FYI
Good to know! I haven’t tried it cold. Thanks!
Sallie Wilson says
I loved it! Great, quick and easy sweet treat. I don’t have a blender so I made it in a bowl whipping with a fork and it turned out really good.
Hi Sallie! I’m so glad you liked the recipe! I’m glad that hand mixing worked out okay! Thanks for commenting!
Would it be ok to use sugar free stuff for this? My dad loves cookie dough but he has diabetes and its not thay good for him. (Im 13 and playing with sugar free recipes for him)
Hi Rebecca, I have never tried using a sugar alternative for this specific recipe but I have used Stevia for baking other desserts, it did change the flavor/texture some. You could try using a sugar-free ingredient though.
Bobbie Kraft says
Hi Katie, I want to start out by saying I love your recipe. I have made it a few times. I have put chocolate chips and coconut in them and baked them, and they turned out really awesome. My question for you is: Can you use three tablespoons of brown sugar instead of three tablespoons of white sugar?
Hi Bobbie, I have never tried using brown sugar for this specific recipe but I have tried it with many other cookie recipes & it turns out fine, the flavor is just different. Thanks for commenting!
Connie Estridge says
The cooking instructions?
Hello Connie, This recipe is for edible cookie dough, not baked cookies. If you’d like to bake them into cookies, which is actually shortbread please follow the link for butter/shortbread cookies above.
Hello I think that your sugar cookie recipe is delicious?
Hello Emmma, Glad you like it! Thanks for commenting!
I would suggest 1/8 tsp of salt to compliment the sugar but this is still an amazing nightly craving recipe and I’m just glad I could make it. Thank you
Hi Valen, Thanks for the suggestion of adding salt, I will have to try that. Thanks for commenting!
haha i think its weird that regular cookie dough is considered dangerous for the eggs but some people drink raw eggs for health. Other than that, this recipe is delicious because its really similar to shortbread, i love shortbread
Hi Kate, I’m glad you like it. Shortbread cookies are one of my favorites too! Thank you for commenting!
shannon brimmer says
I used almond flour with chocolate chips
Thanks for sharing Shannon!
What kind of sugar do you suggest
I used regular white sugar.
Natasha Nizamudin says
This just cured my monthly PMS cookie dough craving thanks!
Hi Natasha, I’m glad this recipe helped your craving! :) Thanks for commenting!
first time i tried this and it turned out great. thank you for sharing this recipe
I’m glad you liked the recipe! Thanks for commenting!
I had to add milk more sugar and flour
Hi Ella-Rae, Thanks for sharing this information. If the butter isn’t melted enough before adding it it can make the cookie dough too dry & crumbly with this particular recipe. Also this recipe makes a “thick” sugar cookie dough which some people have commented that they preferred to add milk to make it thinner. I hope it still turned out for you & thanks for taking the time to comment, we appreciate it!
do you have to eat it in a cup and can you bake this recipe
Hi, This is an actual sugar cookie recipe so you could bake them as cookies at 375 F. Here is the link for making sugar cookies: http://www.thesemisweetsisters.com/2016/02/17/cps-lunchroom-butter-cookies-4-ingredients/
Karla Sturmer says
Thank you for such an easy simple recipe, my family has put a delicious spin on it we added peanut butter and oh my is it good, so thank you again
Hi Karla, I’m glad you liked the recipe. Love the idea of adding peanut butter to it, sounds delicious. Thanks for commenting!
Hi, what kind of flour do you use?
Hi Cayley, I use unbleached all purpose flour.
I think the only “correction” is that it’s not 2 servings ;) so yummy! ?
Hi Kristy, Glad you liked the recipe! Thanks for commenting! :)
Makayla Wolfe says
I love this cookie dough recipie!! Usually me and my mom just go to Wal-Mart and get the giant tub of cookie dough. This is yummy and it is better for you. Thanks so much
Hi Makayla, I’m so glad that you love the cookie dough recipe! Thanks for taking the time to comment, we appreciate it!
Can you bake the dough or does it have to be raw?
Hi, You can bake the dough if you want, the recipe for baking is here: http://www.thesemisweetsisters.com/2016/02/17/cps-lunchroom-butter-cookies-4-ingredients/ . Thanks!
About how many calories would this be?
Hi Kathryn, I’m not sure how many calories but you could plug the recipe into a calorie calculator online like this one: https://www.verywellfit.com/recipe-nutrition-analyzer-4157076
Mandy Erwin says
What a great way to fix my sweet tooth with items I already had.
Hi Mandy, Hope you like the recipe! Thanks for commenting, we appreciate it!
Hello, I would like to make some pumpkins to go on top of some cupcakes. I was thinking dyed cookie dough (no bake) Then i would shape them into pretty pumpkins. I can’t use fondant cause i don’t have the ingredients. Do you think this would hold in the right shape? I am making them for thankgiving this Sunday so a reply soon would be great, thanks :)
Hi Judie, I love the idea of making pumpkins for the top of cupcakes! In answer to your question I do not think this recipe would work good as an alternative to fondant. This recipe is dry & would not be able to be rolled out. If you did want to try this recipe you would need to either reduce the amount of flour or add liquid to the recipe to make it more workable.
Yummy! I love to eat cookie dough. I’m glad I found this safe recipe. It’s so easy to mix up a small batch. One day when I ‘m feeling crazy, I ‘ll bake the cookie dough!
Hi Susan, Hope you like the recipe. Thanks for taking the time to comment, we appreciate it!
Nareshy Hodžić says
Wao, I love this recipe!!!
Do I need to refrigerate the cookie dough? Or can it stay on the counter overnight?
Hi Nareshy, I would keep mine in the refrigerator just because it will stay good longer. Thanks for commenting we appreciate it!
all of you guys recipes look sooooooo good!!!!!!!
Hi Bardoe, Thank you for taking the time to comment, we appreciate it.
Elena DeAngelis says
Hey can you use unsalted butter instead of salted butter
Hi Elena, Yes and for every half cup (1 stick) of salted butter required, you can add ¼ teaspoon of salt if you want. Thanks.
I used margarine instead of butter. Came out perfect. Thank you so much for this recipe!
Hi Brook, I’m so glad to hear that margarine also works with this recipe. Thanks for taking the time to comment, we appreciate it!
Kelly Moral says
Holy cow! This was so good. I tried some other edible Sugar Cookie recipes and none were as good as this! This is great if your craving a little dough ;) Thanks so much for giving me a sweet treat!<3
Hi Kelly, So glad you liked the recipe! Thanks for taking the time to comment, we appreciate it!
it pretty good
Glad you liked it. Thanks for taking the time to comment, we appreciate it.
Winter Alfaro says
I just made it with a small hand electric mixer with no trouble at all.