Slice and Bake Cookies

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Meet your new favorite treat: homemade slice and bake cookies.

Yes. Exactly like the log of Pillsbury dough you used to get at the store, except homemade and one million times more delicious.

How To Make Slice and Bake Cookies

  • Mix the dough. Using a stand mixer combine your wet ingredients until smooth and incorporated. Add all of your dry ingredients at once and mix until the flour is just combined. Your dough is going to be crumbly at this point!

  • Form your dough logs. Tear off a sheet of plastic wrap, pour half of the dough on it, and use your hands to form a cylinder-shaped dough log. Repeat the process until you have two logs.

  • Chill the dough. Let them sit in your fridge for a minimum of one hour (two is even better).

  • Prep the dough and slice your cookies. Make a simple egg wash, brush it on the outside of your dough logs, press sprinkles into the egg-washed surface, and slice! You’ll get about 12 slices out of each log, making roughly 24 cookies in total.

  • Bake the cookies. Place the slices of dough on parchment-lined cookie sheets and bake until barely golden brown (your kitchen will smell amazing at this point). Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before devouring.

Make Next: Chocolate Crinkle Cookies


Slice and Bake Cookies

These slice and bake cookies are just as delicious as they are nostalgic! Consider this the adult version of your favorite store-bought childhood cookies.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas cookies, slice and bake cookies, sugar cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Servings 24 cookies


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, divided
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour*
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4-5 ounces sprinkles**


  • In a stand mixer cream the butter and sugar together until smooth. Add one egg and almond extract and combine until smooth, scraping the bottom of the bowl if needed. Add the flour, salt, and baking powder and mix until flour is just combined. Mixture may be on the crumbly side.
  • Lay out a sheet of plastic wrap and dump 1/2 of the cookie dough onto it. Using your hands, form the dough into a log-shaped cylinder of dough (about 2-2/14 inches in diameter), and wrap tightly with the plastic wrap. Repeat again on a second piece of plastic wrap with remaining dough. Chill for 1-2 hours in the fridge.
  • After dough has chilled, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Remove dough from fridge. Beat the remaining egg and using a pastry brush, brush it on the outside surface of both of the dough logs. Pour the sprinkles onto the logs, pressing them into the surface as you go, until the outside surfaces of the dough logs are completely covered in sprinkles.
  • Using a very sharp knife, slice the dough into 1/2-inch thick rounds (each log should yield about 12 slices). Place the sliced cookie dough on parchment paper, at least 1 inch apart, and bake for 10-13 minutes, until slightly golden brown on the top, and the dough no longer looks wet or shiny in the middle. Allow to cool slightly before serving.


*You may increase the flour to 2 1/2 cups if you are baking at a high altitude.
**You can use any sprinkles you have on hand for these cookies. We recommend nonpareils, sanding or coarse sugar, or even jimmies. Sprinkle quantities needed may vary by type.
You may swap vanilla extract for almond extract, but we much prefer the flavor of almond extract for these cookies.

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  1. 5 stars
    These were a hit with my kids! I’m not a baker but had everything needed already on hand. My seven year old daughter took the reigns & managed to do most of it herself. It was a perfect snowy day activity!

  2. 5 stars
    Not only is this cookie recipe easy, it is probably one of my new favorite cookies! The almond extract flavor is the star of this recipe! I used rainbow sprinkles for my cookies and they complete this cookie.

  3. 5 stars
    Simple tasty cookie!! Comes together quickly. The subtle almond flavor is perfect. Great dipping cookie for hot chocolate, coffee or earl grey tea.

    Recommend this recipe to friends at a work holiday gathering.

  4. 5 stars
    Easy to make and absolutely delicious! I love anything that has almond extract and these cookies are no exception! I also love that you can make these cookies for any occasion, by just switching up the sprinkles. Highly recommend these! Thanks Brooke!