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Homemade Fluffy Slice and Bake Sugar Cookie Dough

How long does cookie dough last in the fridge? You’ll never know—this irresistible dough won’t last long enough to find out!

How long does sugar cookie dough last in the fridge?

Unlike the typical rolled sugar cookie dough, this version creates softer, fluffier cookies that don’t require rolling out. This dough is a wonderful hybrid between a drop cookie and a rolled cookie! Perfect for those who love a soft, tender bite without the extra work of rolling and cutting. 

Try This Homemade Slice and Bake Sugar Cookie Dough

Homemade cookie dough is way better than the stuff you buy at the store. You can customize it however you like, plus, when you make it yourself, you don’t have to worry about all those preservatives and artificial ingredients that are in the store-bought dough. 

The best thing about these Slice and Bake Sugar Cookies is that you can keep them in your refrigerator for up to 10 days or in your freezer for up to 3 months and have fresh cookies whenever you like!

How long does sugar cookie dough last in the fridge?

How Long Does Cookie Dough Last in the Fridge? 

Homemade sugar cookie dough usually lasts 5 to 7 days in the refrigerator because it doesn’t contain preservatives.

Store-bought cookie dough, which is formulated with preservatives, can last up to 2 weeks in the fridge.

You can tell if the raw cookie dough has gone bad by looking for visible mold, or a noticeable difference in taste. It’s best to throw out the bad cookie dough if it tastes off. 

Storing Sugar Cookie Dough in the Freezer

For longer storage, freezing sugar cookie dough is a good idea. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and then place it in a freezer bag or airtight container to prevent freezer burn. Frozen sugar cookie dough can last for about six to twelve months. When you’re ready to bake, just thaw the dough in the refrigerator overnight, then slice and bake as usual.

 The Perfect Recipe: Fluffy Slice-and-Bake Refrigerator Cookies

This sugar cookie dough is perfect for when you need a head start on your holiday season or if you just want to have something on hand for those spontaneous cookie cravings. This recipe makes about 36 cookies depending on how thick you slice them. 

What’s a Refrigerator Cookie?

Refrigerator cookies, also known as icebox cookies, are a type of cookie dough that is formed into a log or shaped dough and then chilled in the refrigerator until firm. The best way to bake refrigerator cookies to to slice the log while it is very cold to maintain the round shape of the final product. 

No Rolling Pin Required!

Since this homemade dough is sliced into rounds for baking, there is no need for a rolling pin or a cookie cutter! It makes delicious cookies that can be eaten right away, or decorated with buttercream frosting or royal icing. 

If you’re looking for a delicious twist on traditional sugar cookies, this recipe is for you!

Ingredient Overview for Fluffy Slice and Bake Sugar Cookies

  • Sugar: Just the right amount of sweetness makes this the perfect hybrid between a drop cookie and a rolled cookie!
  • Butter: Use butter that’s soft, not straight from the fridge, so it mixes easily.
  • Eggs: Let the eggs warm up to room temperature before you use them; they mix better that way!
  • Baking Soda: Adding baking soda to the buttermilk helps create the perfect fluffy texture.
  • Buttermilk:  If you don’t have buttermilk, you can make some by mixing a tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar with a cup of milk and letting it sit for 5 minutes.
  • Flour: Make sure to spoon and level your flour, or better yet, weigh the flour so the cookies aren’t too tough!
  • Baking Powder: Also helps the cookies have the perfect fluffy and light texture.
  • Vanilla Extract: Adds a yummy, sweet flavor that makes these cookies taste even better.

These ingredients work together to make your cookies soft, fluffy, and delicious! 

Key Techniques for Making Fluffy Slice and Bake Sugar Cookies

Mixing the Dough

 Start with the creaming method—beating butter and sugar until they’re light and fluffy. This step adds air into the mix, making your cookies soft and tender. Next, add eggs one at a time, ensuring each is well blended before adding the next. A special trick in this recipe is mixing baking soda with buttermilk. This reacts to help the dough rise, making your cookies fluffy. Just stir in the dry ingredients gently to keep everything light.

Shaping the Dough

 It’s normal for the dough to feel very sticky. Resist the urge to use too much flour when shaping it, as that could make the cookies dense. Lay down a generous length of plastic wrap, lightly flour the surface, and shape half the dough into a 2-inch log. Wrap it in plastic and chill until firm. Repeat with the other half of the batter. 

This step makes the dough easier to slice and helps the cookies keep their shape when baking.

Baking the Cookies

 Getting the baking right is crucial for that perfect cookie texture. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. and slice the dough into even pieces for uniform baking. The cookies are done after about 10 minutes, or when they puff up in the center and turn lightly golden around the edges. If you prefer them softer, you can slightly reduce the baking time.

Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes after taking them out of the oven; this helps them firm up and makes them easier to move without breaking.

Follow these steps to make sure your cookies turn out great every time.

Tips for the Best Results

High-Quality Ingredients: Use high-quality butter and vanilla extract for the best flavor.

Chill Thoroughly: Don’t skip this crucial step; this type of cookie needs extra chilling time to prevent it from spreading too much and helps in developing a chewy texture.

Storage: Store cookies in an airtight plastic container for up to 1 week. Undecorated cookies can be baked and frozen until needed. 

How long does sugar cookie dough last in the fridge?

Fluffy Slice and Bake Sugar Cookies

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These cookies are a perfect cross between a drop cookie and a rolled cookie, baking up nice and fluffy without the need for rolling out the dough!
With a tender, soft texture and a sweet, buttery flavor these cookies are perfect right from the oven, or frosted with your favorite cookie icing.
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Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 36


  • Mixing bowls
  • Electric mixer
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Spatula
  • Plastic wrap
  • Cookie sheet
  • Cooling rack


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (204°C). Grease a cookie sheet and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • In a small bowl, dissolve the baking soda in the buttermilk and let it sit for 5 minutes. Then, add it to the creamed sugar and butter mixture.
  • Add 2 cups of flour, baking powder, salt, and vanilla to the mixture. Beat until combined.
  • Gradually add the remaining flour, mixing just until incorporated.
  • On a flour-dusted surface, pat the dough into two-inch thick logs. Wrap the logs in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.
  • Slice the chilled dough into desired thickness and place on the prepared cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 7-10 minutes, or until the edges are brown and the tops are lightly golden. Watch them closely to prevent overbaking.
  • Remove from the oven and allow cookies to cool on the sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.


Buttermilk Substitute: If you don't have buttermilk, you can make a quick substitute by adding 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to 1 cup of milk and letting it sit for 5 minutes before using.
Chilling is Crucial: Do not skip the chilling step as it helps the cookies maintain their shape and enhances the flavors.
Storage: Keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week, or freeze for longer storage.
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How Long Does Cookie Dough Last in the Fridge?

Your homemade sugar cookie dough can be stored in the fridge for up to 10 days! Now fresh cookies are just minutes away.  Just slice, bake, and enjoy! Although, it’s likely to be gobbled up long before you even need to worry about its expiration date!

Recipe Rating


Monday 22nd of April 2024

Turned out eactly as described! So soft and fluffy!