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

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!
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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

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.

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914 Comments Leave a comment or review

  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. 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.

    1. 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

  4. 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.

    1. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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!! 

  8. 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! 

    1. 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

  9. I love these cookies. I made them last year and the didn’t last very long. I made them again a few days ago, and once again they were delicious. I had one problem, they became very hard a few hours after baking them. Any particular reason for this?

    1. Hi Elaine,
      I’m so glad you like the cookies! xo
      Cookies start to harden because they are losing moisture if left out. After baking and they are completely cooled, store them in airtight container to keep more moist and soft. Thanks!

  10. 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!

    1. 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

  11. 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?

  12. What is the difference between kosher salt and regular salt? Have never used kosher salt before so wanted some info on it. Thank you so much for sharing. I am going to make them tomorrow or as soon as you are able to reply to my message. Again thank you and Happy Holidays.

  13. Followed all instruction to the letter, kept dough overnight, but finished cookies were flat. They taste great,were soft, but ended up crispy!!! Not sure why.

    1. Hi Kathleen,
      It sounds like they may have been a bit over mixed which will cause the cookies to rise while baking and then fall and will also cause them to be crispier.

  14. I tried your recipe as it is but added some chopped toasted walnuts to the dough  … It turnt out to be a hit here .. two of the first batches just vanished in a few minutes .. Thank you for sharing the recipe ..God bless 🙏

  15. I made the dough as instructed and froze. Took cookies straight from freezer to oven and baked an extra 3 minutes. They spread super thin (like a lace cookie) and edges where crispy brown. 

  16. Good Cookies. I did automatically chill the dough after mixing. I also added 1/2 tsp Almond Extract at the same time as the Vanilla. Got 30 wonderful cookies.

  17. Hi, o love all your recipes that I have tried and I am sure they will taste delicious, but they did rise and fall flat. I think this is from over mixing, but I was wondering about the timing in the recipe? I thought it was done creaming, but the first time I make a recipe I try to follow it exactly so I kept it going for the 3 minutes (maybe not quite) then tried to be minimal with the rest if the mixing. Are you using a stand mixer? And if so what speed are you creaming on?
    Thanks, your website is my go-to for recipes and the secret to why people think I can bake

  18. Just a follow up to my first comment. The cookies are all baked now with varying degrees of flatness, with in some cases the edges flatter than the middle, but some look even. Any other possible causes? But these are possibly the most delicious sugar cookies I have ever eaten. Thank you for this recipe!

  19. So happy to find a delicious sugar cookie I didn’t have to roll out. A new favorite, thank you. Left the sugar off a few and iced them, both varieties were super popular.

  20. Oh my are these lovely! I have just made my first batch and they are everything you said they would be! The only thing is I’ve cut down quite a lot on sugar in the last few years and I found them to be very sweet so for myself, next time I’d cut that down quite a bit. The sugar on the outside is great, makes them crunchy so I would not skip that. That, and the buttery-golden bottoms are just heaven. I made a double batch for co-workers, but I made them big, 12 to a sheet, edges touching, 13 minutes. For some reason I can’t make small cookies they just get bigger so I gave up and made them all big……..the other thing is, I have been cooking and baking for 50 years and have quite a portfolio of “bests”, for which I will not need to search any further!! and this recipe is one of them. Thanks a load!

    1. Hi Daniel, I’m so happy you enjoyed the cookies! If you are speaking of the baking time, there should be no way it takes 30 minutes to bake them. If you are speaking of the prep time included in my recipe, it may take some people longer to mix the ingredients than others. Prep time is figured after all ingredients are measured and available on the counter ready to mix into the recipe. Hope this helps! Thanks!

  21. I want to frost them, would it be better not to roll them in sugar then? I’m thinking they will be too sweet 

  22. These are delicious, Robyn!  

    But I wish I could attach a photo of how differently they turned out depending on the cookie sheet I used.  They were thin and flat off my shiny, insulated pans and took almost 15 min before I saw any hint of brown around the edges.  From the same batch of dough, they came out much smaller and taller (like 4x!) off my darker, non-insulated pans and browned maybe too quickly (like 7 min?).  I used parchment in all of them.  Any advice on insulated pans?

    1. Hi Jacqueline,
      You have to add more time for cookies to bake on an insulated pan. Also, your cookies will not brown on the bottom or be crispy on the edges. Foods bake faster on a dark pan rather than a shiny, light colored pan. Hope this helps! Thanks!

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