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These Chewy Sugar Cookies are soft, chewy and delicious! Quick and easy to make, this sugar cookie recipe produces a flavorful bakery style soft sugar cookie that turns out perfectly every time! 

Sugar cookies are always a favorite no matter the occasion! Great for holidays, as homemade gift for a sick friend or as an afternoon treat, these well-loved cookies are just perfect! And this recipe makes absolutely the BEST sugar cookies I’ve ever tasted!

Close up photo of stack of Chewy Sugar Cookies with top cookie broken to show soft crumb and texture. On wooden board //

Sugar Cookies are one of my very favorite cookies in the entire world. I bake all types of them for various occasions through the year. When I want a soft, rolled sugar cookie dough to use cookie cutters  to cut into shapes and decorate, my Cut Out Sugar Cookie recipe is my go-to. Delicious and flavorful, it holds frosting or icing and the taste is out of this world!

But when I just want a soft, chewy bakery-style sugar cookie to serve or share, these Chewy Sugar Cookies, as well as my Lemon Sugar Cookies or my Chocolate Sugar Cookies, are quick, simple and amazing and don’t require a rolling pin! The soft, chewy texture and out of this world flavor brings me back time after time. They are truly one of the most perfect cookies ever.

Stack of three Chewy Sugar Cookies that have been rolled in granulated sugar. On wooden board with sugar crystals on board. //

These soft, chewy sugar cookies stay soft for days, come together quickly and are a perfect drop-style cookie. I truly think this is the best sugar cookie recipe! These soft and chewy cookies are so easy to make anytime and taste amazing! 

This is by far one of my most requested cookie recipes throughout the holidays, but also throughout the year. Here’s how you’ll make them.

How to Make the BEST Sugar Cookies

To make these favorite cookies, you’ll need:

Sugar Cookies Recipe Ingredients

  • butter – I use salted butter, but you can use unsalted butter if you wish
  • granulated sugar
  • egg – use a room temperature large egg
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • Kosher salt
  • vanilla extract – either use this homemade recipe or use your favorite high quality vanilla

How to Make Sugar Cookies Recipe Step-by-Step Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat, such as a silicone mat. 

Photo of butter and sugar creamed together in a glass bowl for sugar cookie recipe.

Cream together room temperature butter and sugar with a stand mixer or hand mixer in a large bowl, until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes). Then add egg and mix until well combined. Scrape down sides of mixing bowl to be sure butter and sugar are well combined. But be sure to not over-beat the butter and sugar when creaming it together. Doing so could cause the cookies to rise and fall flat when baking.

Chewy sugar cookie dough in a glass bowl.

Stir in flour, baking powder and salt and combine these dry ingredients into the mixture. Then gently stir in vanilla extract into the cookie dough. 

Image of chewy sugar cookie dough being scooped onto a baking sheet.

Scoop cookie dough with a tablespoon and roll into a ball. Be sure to not over handle the balls of dough as will make butter too warm. If the dough seems too warm or sticky, chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes, then proceed with scooping and rolling into balls. 

Add sugar to a large separate bowl for rolling. Lightly roll cookie dough balls in the granulated sugar to coat them. This adds a sparkly touch that lends a crisp little coating on the cookie once it is baked. While you can certainly skip this little step, I highly recommend that you not. It is so worth it!

Place each rolled cookie dough ball onto a parchment lined or silicone mat – lined cookie sheet, about 1 ½ to 2 inches apart. Make sure to provide ample spacing between each cookie for best results.

Lightly press each cookie down with finger.

Baked chewy sugar cookies on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Allow them to cool slightly on the baking sheet, then transfer them to wire racks to cool completely. Place on a cookie platter and serve. Cookies can be stored in a cookie jar or airtight container and kept on the counter for up to one week.

It is just that perfect chewy, soft sugar cookie recipe that everyone raves over! You’ll definitely want to keep this sugar cookie recipe in your list of must-make cookie recipes. It’s perfect for any cookie platter, cookie exchange or a homemade baked gift tray.

How to Make Ahead, Store, and Freeze Sugar Cookies

To make ahead. 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.

To freeze. Cover the baking sheet filled with sugar coated cookie dough scoops with freezer safe plastic wrap and place into the freezer and freeze for 30 minutes. When frozen, transfer your cookies to a freezer-safe zip top bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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

Once baked, store cookies on the counter in an airtight container for up to a week.

Fun Decorating Options

  • Frosted Sugar Cookies – Glaze cookies with my family’s sugar Cookie Icing recipe. A pinch of sprinkles on top is 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.

Southern Tea Cakes

No Bake Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Buttery Spritz Cookies

Stack of sugar cookies with top cookie broken to show crumb texture //

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

4.85 from 316 votes

The BEST Chewy Sugar Cookies Recipe!

Dessert 15 mins

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! //
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings 36 cookies
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
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!


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 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


  • 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.


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.

Nutritional 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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  1. Can I add double the amount of eggs in this recipe? I heard that doubling the amount of eggs makes the recipe really chewy

    1. I’ve never added more eggs to this recipe, Clarissa. I would advise just making it by the recipe. Hope you enjoy.

  2. Can I add cocoa powder to this? I want chocolate cookies, and I saw a recipe here that was chocolate sugar cookies, except I don’t have espresso powder.

  3. 5 stars
    Made these with an extra teaspoon of vanilla, and rolled in sprinkles instead of sugar – but WOW, they are soft and buttery and addictingly amazing even on day 2. Warmed in the microwave for 10 seconds to get that hot-out-of-the-oven experience all over again. YUM.

    1. Thank you, Mrs. S. I know they looked great with the sprinkles. Love your idea of warming them a few seconds next day.

  4. 5 stars
    I made them pink and rolled in sugar and sprinkles. I never write reviews but these are amazing. So buttery and yummy. 10/10

    1. Thank you so much, Cara. I’m thrilled that you love these cookies. I know they look amazing in pink with the sugar and sprinkles.

  5. 5 stars
    Your sugar cookie recipe is my favorite. It’s easy and always turns out great. my daughters and family love it. Thank you for share your recipe.

    1. Thanks, Lily. I, too, love how easy these cookies are to make. So glad you and your family love them.

  6. Oh, I’m really sorry to bother you again, but my little sister is vegetarian and she wants to try some cookies. However, I think cookies without butter and eggs are a terrible idea. Do you have any recipes for a vegetarian cookie?

    1. Okay, I’m SO excited to try your recipe(s)!! But being NON-tech savvy, I’m having some difficulty finding a way to print them out…at least without the adverts! Any chance you could teach this old dog a new trick?!? I would greatly appreciate your help!
      PS – You have a lovely writing style! I’m going to have to find your cookbooks!

    2. Melanie, there is a link under the photo in the recipe card that states Print the Recipe. Just click on that and you can print only the recipe card. Hope this helps. If you want to find my cookbook, just click on the link Add a Pinch Cookbook at the bottom of the page under the About section. It will take you to a page about the cookbook and the retailers who sell it. I hope you find many more recipes on here you like.

    3. Cecelia, you might want to try a plant based butter. I have used Country Crock Plant Butter with great results in baking. Also try flax egg in place of egg. Mix 1 tablespoon flax seed with 3 tablespoons water, let sit until becomes a gel, and add to your ingredients. Hope this helps.

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