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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 // addapinch.com

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. // addapinch.com

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:

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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

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.

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. 

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.

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

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. Then cover 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.

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.

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

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

4.83 from 304 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! // addapinch.com
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!

Ingredients  

  • 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

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.

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. 5 stars
    Wonderful Recipe! Thank you so much! I needed to figure out a replacement for the baking soda and the baking powder worked even better!! The cookies came out amazing, my boyfriend thought I bought them at the store haha Thank you so much for sharing!! 😀

  2. 5 stars
    I made this cookies last night and my family absolutely loved them! I deviated from the recipe a tad and added about a 1/2 cup of brown sugar and a cup of regular white sugar! I think it gave them even more moisture and kept them super soft!

    I even glazed them with a super simple sugar cookie icing! It made them even that much better!

    Thank you so much!

  3. I followed the directions exactly and the cookie dough was so runny it looked like cake batter! 🙁 I don’t understand what I could have done wrong. I really did follow the directions to a T

    1. Over mixing could be then issue…especially if you’re using a mixer..try using good old fashion man (or woman lol) power..use a fork..and instead of mixing the butter and sugar together first, try putting all dry ingredients together first then add the butter, vanilla, and eggM

    2. It’s very easy to over soften or over beat your butter which leaves you with runny dough and flat cookies. Let your butter come to “room temperature” or about 60 degrees F and beat on low.

  4. 1 star
    I’d been looking forward to making this recipe for weeks and finally tried to make it but was not able to roll it into balls to place on the cookie sheet. I even tried putting it in the fridge to get harder, hoping it would help. It stuck to my hands like glue and so I added more flour thinking it would help but it ruined them. The dough tasted great though.

    1. Hi Brooke,
      Sorry you had problems with it. It sounds like your butter may have been too soft when the other ingredients were added.

  5. 5 stars
    This has become the whole family’s favorite sugar cookie recipe. I’ve made it according to the directions at least four times and never had less than perfect results.

  6. The taste is great. For a better texture, I recommend adding the vanilla extract, salt, and baking powder prior to adding the flour. Also, use only one fourth teaspoon of salt and add the flour to the mixture gradually rather than dumping all of the flour in at once.

    1. 5 stars
      I wanted to make something sweet so fast and wanted less. I only used 1/2 cup margarine, 2 cups flour, egg, 1/3cup brown sugar, near 1 cup sugar…(i had no butter and zero vanilla) they came out light and chewy and delicious, Oh Yeah!!!! 🙂

  7. This seems like the best recipe I’ve found for sugar cookies. I’m making these kind of last minute for something and can’t run out and buy kosher salt. Will regular salt suffice?