Grandma’s Slice-n-Bake Cookies

These rich and buttery slice and bake cookies are super easy to make — just put the dough together, slice it, and bake it! We love having a batch of this cookie dough on hand for a quick dessert – because freshly baked cookies are always a good idea!

If you like this easy cookie recipe, you’ll also like these sugar cookies and these gingerbread cookies!

In the foreground is a bowl of cookies with some grapes in the bottom right-hand corner. In the background is a jar of milk and a cooling rack with cookies on it.

Homemade Slice and Bake Cookies

Growing up in southern Indiana definitely has played a big role in my personal cooking style, which has been transplanted to southern Utah. I’ve been baking and canning with my mom since I was young, and those hours in the kitchen planted deep seeds. In many ways, it led to the career I have now that I love so dearly.

A stack of baked cookies with purple grapes on either side.

This cookie recipe comes from my great-grandma Mary, who also had the joy of living in southern Indiana. I don’t know much about the woman, but this recipe has always tied me to her. Food has a way of doing that, doesn’t it? This is a perfect recipe for fall and winter. With school and holidays, this is an easy way to have hot cookies ready when you need (or want!) them, with no more effort than turning the oven on.

Just whip up the dough, store it in the fridge, and then slice off and bake as many cookies as you’d like to eat. With this simple yet rich and buttery dough in the fridge, you’ll never say no to a cookie request again. You, and your kids, will thank me for this one, I have a feeling!

 

A bowl with baked cookies in it, surrounded by purple grapes and a cooling rack with more cookies on it.

How to Make Slice and Bake Cookies from Scratch:

  1. Cream together the sugars and butter until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the eggs and vanilla, and beat for another minute.
  3. Sprinkle the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt on top of the butter mixture. Mix until well combined.
  4. Form into long logs, wrap in wax paper, twist the ends to close, and refrigerate until firm.
  5. When you are ready to bake cookies, slice 1/2-inch thick slices off the cookie dough log and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 8 to 11 minutes. Store unused dough in the fridge until you are ready for another round of hot cookies.

Six pictures showing the various steps in making and getting the cut and bake cookies ready.

FAQs for this easy cookie recipe:

Can you roll out slice and bake cookie dough?

These cookies spread a bit when they bake, so I wouldn’t recommend rolling out the dough to make shapes because I’m not sure how well the shapes would hold. Plus, it’s so easy to make regular round cookies with slice and bake dough! You don’t need to make this one more complicated than it should be.

Can you freeze slice and bake cookies?

You can store slice and bake cookies in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for much longer. I’ve also had luck storing the dough itself in the fridge for up to 2 weeks and in the freezer for a few months. When you’re ready to bake, let the dough thaw in the fridge before slicing it into cookies.

How to you shape cookie dough in a log?

This dough is pretty malleable, so just use your hands (coated with some flour to avoid sticking) to form a log 2 inches in diameter, and then wrap it in wax paper and seal the ends twisted shut. Place it in the fridge until the dough firms up or until you’re ready to bake your cookies.

How long does slice and bake cookie dough last?

I’ve had luck storing this slice and bake cookie dough in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

 

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Grandma’s Slice-n-Bake Cookies


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 10 dozen cookies 1x

Description

These rich and buttery slice and bake cookies are super easy to make — just put the dough together, slice it, and bake it!


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Ingredients

  • 3 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 6 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl (or using a stand mixer, hand mixer, or by hand), cream together the sugars and butter until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the eggs and vanilla, and beat for another minute.
  3. Sprinkle the flour on top of the butter mixture, and then sprinkle the baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt on top of the flour. Mix until well combined. The dough will be tacky but not overly sticky.
  4. Form into long logs, wrap in wax paper, twist the ends to close, and refrigerate until firm or you are ready to bake. I like to make three logs that are about 2 inches in diameter.
  5. When you are ready to bake cookies, slice 1/2-inch thick slices off the cookie dough log and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 8 to 11 minutes. Store unused dough in the fridge until you are ready for another round of hot cookies.

Notes

  • The diameter of the log will determine the size of the baked cookie. A circle around 2 inches across makes a nice-sized cookie when sliced and baked.
  • This dough has lasted over 2 weeks in my fridge before. I normally wrap the logs in plastic wrap in addition to the waxed paper to keep the dough from drying out.
  • I love having dough on hand. I sent a bag of hot cookies over to my neighbor after he brought my chickens back home one morning. They had wandered into his yard and couldn’t figure out how to get home. I also used them as a quick dessert when I made dinner for a family from church. You’ll love having this delicious dough on hand!
  • This is a large batch, feel free to half the recipe OR store half the dough in the freezer. Let it thaw in the fridge before baking.
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: sugar cookies, old fashioned cookies, slice and bake cookies, make ahead cookie dough, slice and bake sugar cookies

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This post was originally published in 2012, and has been updated and rephotographed in December 2019.

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deb c
deb c

This dough will not last in my refrigerator or my freezer…I have a major weakness for cookie dough….I know its not good to eat the eggs and flour in their raw state but I can’t help it….I have no self control….I know this dough must taste amazing because of the butter too! I’m going to pretend I didn’t see this recipe tonight 🙂

Tracey
Tracey

Is this recipe good to keep in the freezer? Do the cookies spread when baked?

Jeanne
Jeanne

Just found your blog. My mom, who is 88, use to make ice box butterscotch cookies from one of her grandmother’s recipes.

Amber @ Quilted Euphoria
Amber @ Quilted Euphoria

This looks slightly familiar! 🙂 Can’t wait to hear your news!

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.