The BEST Chewy Sugar Cookies Recipe!

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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! 

Looking for more delicious cookies? I think you’ll love these cookie recipes: chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies, and cut out sugar cookies. They are all amazing!

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 always a favorite, no matter the occasion! These well-loved cookies are perfect for holidays, as a homemade gift, or as an afternoon treat! This recipe makes absolutely the BEST sugar cookies I’ve ever tasted!

These chewy sugar cookies are quick, easy, delicious, and don’t require a rolling pin! This recipe makes a soft, chewy bakery-style sugar cookie with amazing flavor.

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

Ingredients

Be sure to see the recipe card below for the full listing of ingredients, instructions, notes, and estimated nutritional information.

To make these easy sugar cookies, you’ll need the following 7 ingredients:

  • Butter – I use salted butter, but you can use unsalted butter. The butter should be softened to room temperature.
  • Granulated sugar – gives sweetness and structure to the cookie recipe.
  • Egg – use a large, room-temperature egg.
  • All-purpose flour – use your favorite all-purpose flour.
  • Baking powder – if you store your baking powder in the freezer as I do, make sure to allow it to reach room temperature.
  • Kosher salt – balances the flavors of the cookies. I use Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt. If you substitute with Morton’s Kosher salt, fine sea salt, or table salt, you will only need half the amount of the salt called for in the recipe. 
  • Vanilla extract – use this homemade vanilla extract recipe or use your favorite high-quality vanilla. If you like the flavor of almond in your cookies, you can also use half vanilla extract and half almond extract.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Preheat oven to 350º F. 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).

Egg added to sugar cookie dough in a glass bowl with hand mixer.

Add the egg. Then add egg and mix until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl to be sure the butter and sugar are well combined. But be sure not to 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. Then, gently stir in vanilla extract into the cookie dough. 

Scoop cookie dough with a tablespoon and roll it into a ball. Be sure not to over-handle the balls of dough as it will make the 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 to the cookie once it is baked. While you can certainly skip this little step, I highly recommend 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 the best results.

Lightly press each cookie down with the bottom of a glass to lightly flatten.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly golden brown around the edges. 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.

Chewy sugar cookies on a marble surface.

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

Room Temperature Ingredients

Room-temperature eggs and butter are incorporated more easily and evenly into the cookie dough.

Storage Tips

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

Freeze. For an easy make-ahead sugar cookie recipe, prepare your sugar cookie dough by the scoops of cookie dough in the sugar and place them onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover with freezer-safe plastic wrap and place into the freezer. Freeze for 30 minutes to overnight. When frozen, transfer your cookies to a freezer-safe zip-top bag and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months.

When ready to serve, 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.

  • 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 Christmas cookies 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.

7 Tips for the BEST Chewy Sugar Cookies!

This sugar cookie recipe is so easy to make that you’ll turn to it again and again. Here are seven key tips to make sure your cookies turn out perfectly every time:

1. Room temperature ingredients. All ingredients should be at room temperature to best incorporate into the cookie dough. This includes the egg and butter. The cookies will spread and become flat if the butter is too soft.

2. Do not overbeat your butter and sugar. It adds too much air to the butter. This causes the cookies to rise and then fall flat when baking.

3. Avoid overmixing once you add the flour. This prevents the cookies from being tough and crumbly.

4. Use a high-quality vanilla extract. I love to use my homemade vanilla extract. It is so easy to make and has a major flavor impact for the cookies.

5. Use a cookie scoop. Use a cookie scoop so your cookies are all the same size and bake evenly.

6. Use parchment paper. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper to help the cookies bake more evenly.

7. Do not overbake. Overbaked cookies are hard and crumbly. Check the cookies at the earliest suggested time to make sure they are not overbaked.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some key tips for ensuring successful sugar cookies?

See my “7 Tips for the BEST Chewy Sugar Cookies” in the post! Following these tips will give you delicious, chewy sugar cookies every time.

How to prevent flat sugar cookies?

Make sure that your butter is at room temperature and not too soft.

How to know when sugar cookies are done?

When sugar cookies have brown edges, they’ve overbaked. Once these sugar cookies have turned lightly brown and just begin to have a craggy texture on the top, they should be removed from the oven.

How do you store sugar cookies so they stay soft?

Store sugar cookies in an airtight container or package for them to remain soft and chewy. You can also add a small terracotta disc (or a cute terracotta bear!) to the container of cookies. These discs are primarily sold to store in brown sugar containers to keep the sugar from becoming hard. Soak the disc in water, make sure that it is not dripping water, and then place it into the container with the cookies.

What is the best temperature to bake cookies?

350º F is generally the best temperature to bake cookies. There may be some types of cookies that require a different baking temperature, but by and large, the majority of cookies will be baked at 350º F.

This post was updated on 11/2023 to include metric conversions for the ingredients and step-by-step photographs in the recipe post.

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

The BEST Chewy Sugar Cookies Recipe!

4.95 from 365 votes
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 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 36 cookies

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup (226 g) butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups (297 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large (50 g) egg, room temperature
  • 2 1/4 cups (270 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2 g) baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon (1.3 g) Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon (4.7 g) vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup (49.5 g) 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 extract.
  • Scoop cookie dough by the tablespoon-sized cookie scoop 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

Storage Tips

To store. Once baked, store cookies on the counter in an airtight container for up to a week.
To freeze. For an easy make-ahead sugar cookie recipe, prepare your sugar cookie dough by 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 them in the freezer for up to 3 months.
When ready to serve, 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.
 

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Nutrition

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

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

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1,156 Comments

  1. Cara says:

    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. Robyn Stone says:

      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.

  2. Mrs. S. says:

    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. Robyn Stone says:

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

  3. Thanks! says:

    5 stars
    My kid and I used this recipe tonight. I mixed them way too much but they still came out soooooo gooodT!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      I’m so glad you loved the cookies. I always loved making these cookies with my son.

  4. Eva says:

    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.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Eva, I would use the Chocolate Sugar Cookies Recipe . You can just omit the espresso powder. The cookies are still delicious without it.

  5. Clarissa says:

    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. Robyn Stone says:

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

  6. Noie says:

    5 stars
    SO SO GOOD! I’m looking forward to making some more in the future ;D

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Thanks, Noie. I’m so glad you liked these sugar cookies.

  7. Tirah says:

    Can I make the dough and refrigerate to make at a later time? Will this ruin the cookie bake?

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      You certainly can make this dough ahead and freeze it, Tirah. 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. Hope this helps.

  8. Diane Reed says:

    5 stars
    These were finally a recipe that was true to it’s name! So happy with the results!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Thanks, Diane. I’m happy that you love these cookies, too.

  9. April says:

    Hi! These cookies tasted AMAZING, but I left my cookies in a jar for 2 days and they went completely hard already. Can you tell me how I can store these up so they don’t harden fast?

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      April, make sure you store these in an airtight container so they will stay moist.

  10. Marisa says:

    Is there a difference for high altitude?

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      You may need to make adjustments for high altitude, Marisa. I live at 1000 feet. The best site I have found for high altitude baking is the Colorado State University Extension. Hope this helps.