Chewy Sugar Cookies Recipe

Sugar Cookies are one of my very favorite cookies in the entire world. Seriously. They are truly one of the most perfect cookies ever. I thought it would be fun to share my favorite chewy Sugar Cookie Recipe during my 12 Days of Cookies series this year.

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Because, as much as I love them throughout the year, at Christmas, I am always drawn to them.

This simple sugar cookie recipe is easy to make and everyone always loves them.

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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!

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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.

Chewy Sugar Cookies Recipe from

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

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Sugar cookies make a favorite little cookie recipe for so many. Get this family-favorite recipe for chewy sugar cookies that everyone is sure to love.
Serves: 36 cookies
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar for rolling cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat.
  2. Cream together butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg and mix until well-combined.
  3. Stir in flour, baking powder, salt, and vanilla.
  4. Scoop cookie dough by the tablespoon full and roll into a ball.
  5. 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 1½-inches to 2 inches apart. Lightly press each cookie down. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.

Robyn xo


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  1. 1

    Hi Robyn! Do you think if I bake these cookies today, will/should the cookies come out chewy?? I love chewy cookies!
    Also, can I just grease a round non stick baking pan and just roll the cookies into balls as told above and, should I oil the bottom of the non stick pan or shouldn’t I? Thanks!!

    • 2

      Hi Grace,
      There is no need to grease the nonstick cookie sheet when baking these cookies. They’ve always turned out chewy for me, so they should for you when you bake them. Just be sure not to overmix the cookie dough and not to overbake the cookies.

  2. 3

    These look great! Drop sugar cookies are a great idea. Sometimes I don’t have the patience or time to roll and cut out cookies. Thanks for sharing!

  3. 5

    Love sugar cookies… thanks for sharing!

  4. 6

    Mmm!! Love sugar cookies!! My recipe is actually almost identical, but I swear yours look better than mine ever have!

  5. 7

    Oh my! These are absolutely DELICIOUS:) I am baking the second batch right now. Robyn, you are a blessing to us. Thank you. Wow!

  6. 9

    Yummy. I love how light in color these are, so pretty and I’m sure super delish too.

  7. 10

    These are gorgeous, Robyn! I love a good chewy cookie!

  8. 11

    Sugar cookies are one of my FAVORITE cookies too and I LOVE a good chewy one. This looks perfect!

  9. 12

    Hi Robyn! I asked a previous question about the nonstick pan. I didn’t seem to understand your answer, sorry. May you please type your question again? Thank You!

  10. 14

    My dough is really sticky and I’m unable to even begin to make a ball of it. What did I do wrong? I have it sitting in the fridge in hopes that will help.

    • 15

      I’m having the same issue!

    • 16

      Hi Jenny,
      If the dough is too sticky, incorporate in a few more tablespoons of all-purpose flour, but only a little bit so that it doesn’t make the cookie dough too dry. You can also try chilling the dough (like you suggested) to firm the dough a bit. Another trick would be to scoop the dough and drop into the granulated sugar for rolling and coat with the granulated sugar and then place onto the baking sheet without actually forming a “ball” in your hands.

      Let me know how it works for you!


  11. 17

    My cookies aren’t spreading so what so you happened?

    • 18

      Hi Leiflynn,
      Sorry I missed your question until now. Sometimes if cookie dough is over mixed, it will toughen it which prevents it from spreading as it should. You’ll just want to mix the dough until it is combined and then drop onto the prepared cookie sheets for baking.

      Good luck!

  12. 19

    Will these work if I’m cookie cutters?

  13. 21

    Do you think it would work to roll the dough in color sugar crystals for a touch of color?

    • 22

      I think that would be so fun and festive!

    • 23

      They turned out super cute! Unfortnately, I only had green crystals – would have looked much cuter plated with both red and green. Maybe I’ll put a red napkin on the plate under them, LOL.

  14. 24

    I never comment on websites…really, but I have to say, these are the best sugar cookies, ever! I’ve been searching for a good recipe for a while, and had about given up. Thank you, so much! :-)

  15. 26

    Hi Robyn,
    I thought since Christmas is almost here when rolling the dough in sugar can I also roll it in crutches up candy cane bits? Would it work alright?

  16. 28

    Can regular salt be used or does it have to be kosher? I don’t want to have to buy a whole new kind of salt if I dont need too.

  17. 30

    Hi. This recipe looks soooooo good! I want to know if I can make the dough and leave it in the fridge overnight. Would it ruin the dough?

  18. 31

    I was just wondering…do you have to use vanilla for the cookies?

  19. 32

    Fab recipe. Even better than Pepperidge Farms (my all-time fav). It was a little sticky to start but after a few minutes it was totally workable. I added a little extra vanilla. My family loves them.

  20. 33

    Absolutely Delicious!!!!!!!

  21. 34

    Dear Robyn,
    My daughter and I made these wonderful cookies this evening and they are soft and delicious. We added 1 tsp orange zest and substituted 1 tsp fresh squeezed orange juice for the vanilla. We are excited to try lemons with the next batch we make, and then maybe limes. Thank you!

  22. 35

    I want to try these but I’m wanting to know if up I think these will hold up for decorating? I have to make some for my daughters pre k class and wanted to decorate some cute valentines ones.

  23. 36

    I havnt made these yet but i was wondering if you have ever used food coloring and sprinkles?

  24. 37

    5 stars!! Was surfing around for cookie recipes, found this and the pictures looked good so I figured I’d give it a try. Was skeptical at first because of how easy the recipe is, but these are absolutely the most delicious cookies I have ever made. Heaven. I can’t compliment this recipe enough. Can’t wait to try some other things from your site. Great job! :) <3

  25. 38

    Hi, I really want to try out this recipe now, but I do not have Kosher salt, is it okay for me to not add in the Kosher salt?

  26. 39

    I was so excited to make these cookies because they looked delicious in the pictures. I followed your recipe exactly however, once I put the cookies in the oven, within a few minutes they completely melted in the oven! I was so disappointed. I had no choice but to throw out the rest of my batter. What did I do wrong?

  27. 40

    I just made these with a heaping cup full of chopped Brazil nuts. They were fantastic!

  28. 41

    Perfect!! My finance and son end up eating the entire first batch before the second batch even finishes. I just use regular salted butter and don’t add salt, then substitute almond extract for vanilla, they turn out amazing. Thankyou so much for this recipe!! It has rocked our sugar cookie world (:

  29. 42

    Sound delish…. sugar cookies are one of my favorites. I will definitely give these a try. Thanks for sharing your recipe..

  30. 43
    Kellie Henderson says:

    I made a double batch of these sugar cookies today. My husband and son both LOVE a good soft sugar cookie. I am so excited to say that these passed the test!!!! My dough was sticky and I was not able to roll them into a ball. I did use my cookie scoop and scooped out a cookie, put it on the pan, put sugar on a spoon and sprinkled the sugar onto of the cookie then pressed it down. I hope to try to use colored sugar for holidays.
    These are great. I made them for my son and husband to take on their trip to Florida for Spring Break. I know they’ll be a hit.
    Thanks for sharing this recipe.
    I would give it 5 stars!

  31. 44

    love love love these cookies!! added a little orange juice and they are amazing! Next time I’m going to add a little orange zest as well. thanks for the wonderful recipe!! :)

  32. 45

    I made my butter cookies last week,, todayI wanted to look up for some sugar cookie recipe because I bought this real cute cookie mold tray and wanted to use. So I searched and found your recipe:) I am going to try right now! Not sure how they will turn out in the mold tray but I am going to find out!

  33. 46
    Ruth Camarena says:

    Can I use margarine instead of butter?

  34. 48

    My cookie dough is to dry could you please help

    • 49

      Hey Bianca,
      It could be that when you mixed together the ingredients, they inadvertently became a bit overmixed. It will make a dough dry. These really take minimal mixing to combine.

  35. 50

    These cookies were amazing! My husband and I couldn’t stop eating them!! :D

  36. 51

    Sometimes all you want is an uncomplicated cookie, and these do the trick! The dough is easy to work with and is made very fast. Dangerously good!

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