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a stack of thin lightly golden cookies

Grandma's Slice-n-Bake Cookies

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


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


  • 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


  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.


  • 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.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

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