Sugar Cookie Recipe – Absolutely the BEST sugar cookie recipe I’ve ever tasted! These sugar cookies are soft, chewy and produce a flavorful bakery style soft sugar cookie! Quick and easy to make, this recipe makes cookies that turn out perfectly every single time! 

The BEST Chewy Sugar Cookies Recipe - Absolutely the BEST sugar cookie recipe I've ever tasted! These sugar cookies are soft, chewy and produce a flavorful bakery style soft sugar cookie! Quick and easy to make, this sugar cookie recipe makes cookies that turn out perfectly every single time! // addapinch.com

Sugar Cookies are one of my very favorite cookies in the entire world. Seriously. They are truly one of the most perfect cookies ever.

Because sugar cookies never go out of style or out of season and are a favorite anytime you make them!

The BEST Sugar Cookie Recipe

The BEST Chewy Sugar Cookie Recipe - Sugar Cookie Recipe - Absolutely the BEST sugar cookie recipe I've ever tasted! These sugar cookies are soft, chewy and produce a flavorful bakery style soft sugar cookie! Quick and easy to make, this sugar cookie recipe makes cookies that turn out perfectly every single time! // addapinch.com

Maybe it is because these sugar cookies are different from the rolled sugar cookie recipe we also love throughout the holidays. Those can seem a bit daunting at times while this chewy version of the sugar cookie comes together quickly and is just one of those perfect cookies you enjoy eating!

How to Make the BEST Sugar Cookies

For this sugar cookie recipe, I scoop the dough, roll it into a ball and then roll it into a bit of granulated sugar for a sparkly touch that lends a crisp little coating on the cookie once it is baked. While you can certainly skip that little step, I highly recommend that you not. It is so very much worth it.

This is by far one of my most requested cookie recipes throughout the holidays, but also throughout the year!

It is just that perfect chewy, soft sugar cookie recipe that everyone raves over! One thing that I also like to do is include these amazing sugar cookies as well as my chocolate sugar cookies on a cookie platter.

Talk about heavenly!

You’ll definitely want to keep this sugar cookie recipe in your list of must-make cookie recipes!

Fun Sugar Cookie Recipe Options

  • Frosted Sugar Cookie Recipe – Be sure to use my family’s sugar cookie icing recipe for frosted sugar cookies. A pinch of sprinkles on top are always fun!
  • Color Sprinkles Sugar Cookies – Roll your sugar cookies in colored sprinkles (red or green for the holidays or pink for a little girl’s birthday) for a festive cookie!
  • Confetti Sugar Cookies – Mix colored confetti sprinkles in your cookie dough before scooping.

How to Make Ahead, Store, and Freeze Sugar Cookies

For an easy make ahead sugar cookie recipe, prepare your sugar cookie dough, through rolling in the sugar, and place onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Place into the freezer and freeze for 30 minutes. Transfer your cookies to a freezer-safe zip top bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

When ready to serve, simply remove from the freezer-safe bag and place onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake as directed, adding about 3 minutes to the baking time.

Once baked, store cookies on the counter for up to a week.

The BEST Chewy Sugar Cookie Recipe - Sugar Cookie Recipe - Absolutely the BEST sugar cookie recipe I've ever tasted! These sugar cookies are soft, chewy and produce a flavorful bakery style soft sugar cookie! Quick and easy to make, this sugar cookie recipe makes cookies that turn out perfectly every single time! // addapinch.com

Here’s my Chewy Sugar Cookies Recipe. I hope you love it as much as we do.

The BEST Chewy Sugar Cookies Recipe - Absolutely the BEST sugar cookie recipe I've ever tasted! These sugar cookies are soft, chewy and produce a flavorful bakery style soft sugar cookie! Quick and easy to make, this sugar cookie recipe makes cookies that turn out perfectly every single time! // addapinch.com

The BEST Chewy Sugar Cookies Recipe!

The BEST Chewy Sugar Cookies Recipe – Absolutely the BEST sugar cookie recipe I’ve ever tasted! These sugar cookies are soft, chewy and produce a flavorful bakery style soft sugar cookie! Quick and easy to make, this sugar cookie recipe makes cookies that turn out perfectly every single time!
4.82 from 287 votes

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Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 36 cookies
Course Dessert
Calories: 108kcal
Serving Size 1g
Cuisine American
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened 2 sticks
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar for rolling cookies

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350º F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat.
  • Cream together butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg and mix until well-combined.
  • Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt until well-combined. Stir in vanilla.
  • Scoop cookie dough by the tablespoon full and roll into a ball.
  • Add granulated sugar to a large bowl for rolling cookie dough in before baking. Place each ball of cookie dough into the bowl of granulated sugar and roll to coat well. Place cookie dough onto baking sheet, spacing about 1 1/2-inches to 2 inches apart. Lightly press each cookie down. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.

Notes

Be sure not to over beat your butter and sugar as you prepare your sugar cookie dough as it will beat too much air into the butter. This air, then when baking your cookies, will cause the cookies to rise and then fall flat.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1g | Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 79mg | Potassium: 17mg | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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Enjoy!
Robyn xo

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From the Add a Pinch recipe archives, originally published 2013.

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1019 Comments Leave a comment or review

  1. These were amazing!! My whole family had like five until we all felt sick. I made the dough balls a little big so they cooked for about 12-14 min but it was amazing. WOW– thank you!! So simple and great, really.

    1. I’ve never baked from someone’s recipe before. I was a little nervous when it came to mixing it. But it turned out great. Thank you so much! I loved the chewiness of them.

  2. Chewy and delicious. I added 1/4 cup LESS sugar for the 36 cookie recipe, and half of the sugar used was brown sugar. Delicious.

  3. This is the second time I’ve baked your recipe. Last time they werer a bit crunchy (over done a little). They still got eaten. This time they turned out perfectly, but I notice occasionally a slightly bitter after taste. Do you know what may have caused this (It’s only been a cookie or two so far, so no real worries). Thanks for the easy recipe–I are a beginner baker, even if I’m a 66 year old man!

    J

    1. John, it sounds like the baking powder wasn’t mixed well throughout the other ingredients. Maybe next time, stir your flour, baking powder, and salt together with a whisk or spoon in a separate bowl to make sure all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed and then add to the batter. Hope this helps.

  4. Awesome recipe! They stayed beautiful and white on top and came out perfectly round and chewy. Not too sweet – just right.

    1. Brooke, I think you will want to try my Cut Out Sugar Cookie recipe if you want to roll out the dough and cut out shapes. This particular recipe is delicious, but it’s different than the type you’ll want to use to roll out.I hope you enjoy both these recipes – I make them both often and they’re delicious! Thanks!

  5. I whipped up a batch earlier. Couldn’t have been easier. I only baked 12, but yum. Crispy edges and soft- chewy center.

      1. Good recipe
        I use it as a base for a boatload of cookies
        I have a few adjustments if using as a base for other than sugar cookies
        1 cup white sugar .5 cup brown
        2 eggs
        I use it in this form for cookies with nurs, chips, fruits, etc ect

    1. I am just getting ready to make these cookies. If they are half as good as the reviews say I will be delighted

  6. I’m one of those bakers that tend to get into a “cookie rut’ now and then …only baking the big 3 (in our house at least lol)- peanut butter, chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin. I was in the mood for something different and came across this recipe. The only change I made was to grate in some orange rind with the butter and sugar and wow are these cookies delicious! I’m thinking the big 3 has grown to the big 4 now lol.

  7. This is THE BEST sugar cookie recipe!! It also makes great m&m cookies. Just roll/ press in m&ms before baking!

  8. My son said that these were the best ever! And that I should make them every time that way! Lol. I did add less sugar– 1⁄2 a cup of sugar for the double batch. I decided not to roll the dough in sugar. Thank you for a great recipe!

  9. These cookies are amazing I baked them for Father’s Day for my dad and he loved them. I put color in the dough as well as in the icing, it made it so colorful.

  10. WOW! These were delicious and the dough was so easy to work with and roll into balls right out of the mixing bowl! Whole family loved them! I added almond extract to the batter and plan to try other extracts in the future!
    Now, a question: I’d love to make a chocolate version of this cookie! Has anyone attempted this, and, if so, how much cocoa powder did you use and what were your adjustments to the rest of the original ingredients?

      1. Thank you! I don’t have espresso powder, though, how are they without that ingredient? Also, would it be overkill to roll the chocolate version in granulated sugar?

      2. You can just omit the espresso powder, Beth. The chocolate cookies taste great when rolled in the granulated sugar before baking. Hope you enjoy your cookies.

  11. These cookies turned out amazing! The only problem were after 10 minutes they were not cooked in the middle. I am not sure what happened. Otherwise, they were very good. I just ended up cooking the other cookies for 14 minutes and they turned out great!!

  12. Wanted to make something other than chocolate chip or oatmeal and man am I soooo glad I tried THIS recipe. These were gone in half a day and making another batch while I type this. Crispy on the outside and chewy inside …O M G !!! Remind me of the cookies you get at Costco bakery, but better!!!!

  13. Robyn – I was wondering if you could give some more tips about baking times. I baked the cookies for 10 minutes. They were not cooked in the middle. I ended up cooking them around 16 minutes to achieve something that looked a bit brown on the edges and looked more cooked in the middle. What I’m wondering is whether if I only cook 10 and leave them on the cookie sheet for several minutes, do they taste right? I tasted them after cooking for only 10 minutes (tasted while still warm) and it definitely seemed doughy in middle. Maybe the “doughy” firms up as it cools? What’s your advice, Robyn?

    1. Kimberly, the cookies are usually done in my oven between 8 and 10 minutes. However, ovens can bake differently and will take longer to get done. If they are not done in the middle at 10 minutes, I would definitely bake them longer until they are done.

  14. O.M.G this is sooo good! I just made it and it is so chewy and just perfect, it’s not too buttery or sugary nor is it too thick or thin like other recipes. I just bookmarked this! Keep up with the amazing recipes!!

  15. Robyn – Delicious recipe. Thank you. Couldn’t figure out when they were done. Cooked 15 minutes or so. Do you have tips for when they’re done? How they look or internal temperature?

  16. I used an extra egg but only the whites of the egg to make it a little bit fluffier and I definitely recommend it to be made this way!

  17. I really do appreciate that you also let us choose the amount of cookies to be made on the chart and not just a rigid amount! Not to mention that the cookies turned out soft, chewy and delicious! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe.

  18. I’m going to make sugar cookies in a few minutes! As I have browsed recipes I note that some call for an egg, while others call for an egg yolk. Can you tell me what a difference that would make? Thanks very much!

  19. This was absolutely delicious! Perfect for an after school snack! The kids were in LOVE😍! Thank you for sharing!!😄

  20. These are as good as everyone says. My son likes them so much, he hunted this recipe down after we made it once. 2nd time came out just as good. Amazing!

  21. This is my go-to sugar cookie recipe! It’s my husband’s favorite cookie. I make them with rainbow sprinkles mixed in with the batter. They are so good, very easy, always turns out delicious!

  22. its kinda hard to tell for sure when they’re done. But if they are starting to get brown around the edges then they are over done but other than that they are soooo good!

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