The BEST Chewy Sugar Cookies 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! 

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.

Make-Ahead 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.

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
Yield: 36 cookies
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword best sugar cookies, easy sugar cookies, sugar cookie recipe, sugar cookies, sugar cookies recipe

The BEST Chewy Sugar Cookies Recipe!

Total Time 15 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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!
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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

Directions

  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, and salt until well-combined. Stir in 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 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 Facts
The BEST Chewy Sugar Cookies Recipe!
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 108 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 79mg 3%
Potassium 17mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
Sugars 8g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 3.3%
Calcium 0.6%
Iron 2.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All images and text © Robyn Stone for Add a Pinch

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

 

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

 

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

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.

885 comments on “The BEST Chewy Sugar Cookies Recipe!”

  1. VEAray good! I make sugar cookies a lot and these are great to frost or plain! Hubs loves them and everyone else! Perfect recipe I’m saving to use all year

  2. I just made this cookie and it truly is the BEST EVER!!!!!!!! I have tried to make good cookies during the holidays past and never had success with the sugar cookie. Now that you have provide your recipe, I will never buy store bought sugar cookies again! Thank you for your generosity.

  3. Does this recipe hold up well to cookie cutters?

  4. Very easy recipe. They taste delicious. They are quite soft when straight out of the oven, but in a few minutes they settle into the most delicious chewy cookies. I would recommend putting the cookies into the fridge before baking if they seem to be softening when you’re rolling them into balls. They keep a better shape that way.

  5. Do you use unsalted butter?

    • You can use whichever you have on hand for these sugar cookies. I generally keep salted butter on hand and use it in all of my cooking and baking, but whichever you prefer works beautifully! xo

  6. Can we use regular table salt for this recipe?

  7. I just made these cookies and they completely melted whil in the oven. I chilled the other half of the dough and they came out a lot better! Make sure to chill the dough before rollin into balls and rolling in sugar.

    • Hi Laika,
      I’m sorry you had an issue with the first batch of cookies. I’ve never had my cookies melt in the oven. It sounds as if either the butter got too warm or you possibly beat the dough too much. But, it sounds as if the the butter was too warm since the second batch was better after you chilled the dough.
      Here are some of my notes in the recipe: 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.
      I hope some of this helps! Thanks!

  8. Vanilla needs to be added with the butter and sugar or the egg. Difficult to mix vanilla evenly through batter when added with the flour.

  9. Hi Robyn, 
    Should I use this recipe to make the colored pinwheel style sugar cookies or the cut out cookie recipe. I plan on layering the cookie with three colors, roll it like a cinnamon roll. Slice and bake.
    Please advise. I’m so excited to try your recipe for our “ cookies with Santa party” for the kids. Thanks

  10. Can you use the stand mixer for the whole recipe or will it cause the dough to be over mixed??

  11. Will these work well with Royal icing? I read ur comments above haha! But I need to design them for a bday 🙂 Love ur blog!! 

  12. Can I decorate these cookies using royal icing? Haha! I read ur post and I’ll definitely try buttercream another time 🙂 by the way I LOVE ur blog! Thanks! 

    • I am glad you enjoy the recipes Anila!
      I’ve not used Royal Icing on these particular cookies, but if you do, I’d love to hear how you like it! I’ve used it on my Cut Out Sugar Cookies before though.
      Thanks! xo

  13. Simple and delicious!

  14. Great, even fresh out the oven. Chewy and delicious!

  15. Best sugar cookie to make with child! Far superior flavor and texture to a rolled sugar cookie. It was simple and fun to make with a 3 year old. He loved rolling the balls in sugar like snowballs. And the cookie dough worked well with a simple cookie press of a snowflake shape. The cookies held the imprint of the snowflake very well. So pretty with the sugar coating, I didn’t need to frost. Honestly, they taste so good, they don’t need frosting. I didn’t need to chill dough at all. It wasn’t as messy as a rolled recipe. Replacing most of the vanilla with almond extract was extra yum. I added extract right as I was creaming butter and sugar together, no problem. Unlike a cake, I stopped creaming right away when it started to ball up for a really fluffy cookie. Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Oh this makes me so happy to know that you and your sweet little boy had a fun time making these cookies! It reminds me of those days when my son was little and loved making cookies too. Thanks so much for sharing this with me, Bethany! xo

  16. Can you use regular salt

  17. I want to use buttercream frosting to decorate these. If I skip the rolling in sugar step, there shouldn’t be any problem with the final product, correct?

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