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! //

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!

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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!

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!

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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! //
Yield: 36 cookies

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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  • 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


  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, salt, and 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.


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.

All images and text © Robyn Stone for Add a Pinch

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! //


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.

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

  1. I don’t have any baking soda and was planning on making these soon for a fruit pizza. Will it make a huge difference?

  2. Do you use salted or unsalted butter?

  3. I don’t have kosher salt at the moment. What can I use as a substitute for it?

  4. Awesome awesome awesome!!!! Made these with my sister and had great bonding… As well as great cookies!!! Nice job!!!

    • That makes me so happy, Pearl! Time with a sister is so special, so I’m completely honored that you made and enjoyed these cookies together! Thrilled to have you here too, Pearl!
      Thanks so much for sharing this with me!
      Robyn xo

  5. I must start this comment off with a little history. I have been currently searching for the best chewy yummy sugar cookie recipe. I have tried several and not one has come out the way that I want it to. Now every batch I made tasted pretty good but it still did not have that chewy texture that I’m looking for. Some came out a little more dense sun came out to fluffy and sun came out too much like a cake cookie. I came across this recipe and thought what do I have to lose. So I gave it a shot. I am so so glad I did. Now I have to say that the cookie that came out of the oven was a little different than the pictures only because I had to use margarine. Yes I could’ve gone to the store to pick up some butter but I really didn’t feel like it and I used what I had. I noticed that when the batter was complete it was just that more of the batter. It was definitely not firm enough for me to roll into a ball so I added a little more flour and again it was still a little too batter like so I put the bowl in the fridge for an hour or two. After that they were so easy to roll I put them in the bowl of sugar to coat them baked them for about 11 minutes and they came out absolutely wonderful. I think they look a little more fluffy then The ones in the picture but I believe if I used butter instead they would’ve come out exactly like the picture! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe it will be a favorite and my family for years to come!

    • Hi Victoria,
      I am so glad you found my recipe too and I hope that you find many more from time to time here that you and your family will enjoy! It’s so special to know that your family will enjoy this through the years to come! What an honor – thank you so much! xo

  6. My sister is allergic to dairy 🙁 What is the best substitute for the butter?

  7. Exciter to try this. I waiting on some pistachio extract to get here today and will add some to this recipe with some chopped pistachios!!

  8. Robyn,
    These cookies are so good! I made them last weekend and everyone in my family liked them so much, that I made them again this weekend! I am only 11 years old and the cookies are really easy to make! These are the best sugar cookies I have ever tasted!

  9. These are perfect! Fast, easy and delicious. I had no vanilla so I substituted some white rum. Can’t wait to try them with vanilla. This recipe is a keeper!

  10. Hey! I really want to try these. They look sooo good! Did you spoon and level the flour or just scoop it straight? Thanks!

  11. I TOTALLY LOVE this recipe..I’m actually getting ready to make some of these in a few minutes & I’m going to try out the chocolate sugar cookie recipe that I just found on here also. Can’t wait to see how these turn out, but I think I’m only going to do half of the recipe with the chocolate until I know if I really like them or not. But either way can’t wait to do both of them.

  12. These are the best I’m so happy I made them. They’re super easy to make to

  13. Hi I am wondering what would happen if I removed the egg?! Is there a substitute? Will it remain as soft? Will it change the taste?

  14. What do i do if they are super sticky

  15. You can, Amanda. Hope you enjoy the cookies! Thanks!

  16. Can I substitute vanilla extract for vanilla beans?

  17. I just made these cookies. I followed the instructions to a T and they came out perfectly! Thank you so much!
    Giving this recipe 5 stars!

  18. Dough is too sticky to roll, should I stick the dough in the fridge or add more flour?

  19. I am thinking of giving this mix as gifts in jars. Will it still work out if I do it this way?

  20. Just finished the dough but it is really sticky did I miss a step in these directions. Maybe I’m supposed to put it in the fridge after before I attempt to roll it? Please let me know if maybe I need to put it in the refrigerator and if so how long?

    • It sounds as if it got too warm as you were handling the dough. Just put it in the refrigerator for a bit and it should handle just fine. Hope you enjoy them Pauline! They’re delicious! Thanks!

  21. Made these on the first try: didn’t have vanilla, so I substituted it with some spicy whiskey I had kicking around. I got sick from eating them all in one sitting…that’s how awesome they were. Will definitely make again.

    • Wow – I’m so glad that worked so well and that you enjoyed them! Sounds like they were really tasty with your substitution too! 🙂 Thanks so much for letting me know that you liked them, Dab! 🙂

  22. These cookies are honestly the best sugar cookies I have ever tasted! Thank you so much for the amazing recipe!

  23. I made this recipe just to see how it would do for making several dozen for Christmas gifts and parties. They turned out wonderful. I would like to go ahead and start making some but I don’t know if they can be frozen and if they can for how long. I was thinking of adding some cinnamon to the sugar for a variation. Thank you for this great cookie recipe.

  24. Hello,

    Can I use this recipe with a cookie cutter? I need to make Ribbon cookies for breast cancer.

  25. Hi! I was wondering what can I use this recipe if I want to make shaped sugar cookies with cookie cutters? I am new to making cookies from scratch 🙂

  26. Hi! I’m planning on making these for a bachelorette party that’s happening during the first week of November, is it possible that I can make the cookie dough this early in advance and freeze it? Or maybe a week before? These look delicious! Let me know if anyone has any experience with freezing this cookie dough. Thanks! 🙂

  27. Do you need to grease the baking sheet?

  28. I need help. Why is my dough runny.

    • Hi Candance,
      I’m not sure why your cookie dough is runny – possibly want to double check that all the ingredients are in the correct amounts and if it has gotten too warm then put in the fridge for a few minutes before forming the cookies. I hope this helps and you enjoy the cookies. Thanks!

  29. Can these be made early and frozen? Thanks

    • Hi Keli,
      I would recommend making the cookie dough and scooping each of the cookies out as described in the instructions. Then, placing them onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and placing into the freezer to flash freeze for about 30 minutes. Then, remove each of the frozen cookie dough balls and place into an airtight freezer-safe container (like a freezer bag, etc) and store in the freezer for up to a month. Then, you can remove as many of the frozen cookie dough balls from the freezer as you like and bake as directed. You might have to add a few more minutes to the baking time since baking from frozen. I hope that helps! xo

  30. Can I frost these cookies

  31. Can i use normal salt?

  32. I love this sugar cookie recipe, best one so far and I’ve gone threw a few looking for the one! This is my go to for holidays and special events for my family and friends and everyone attacks them.

  33. I want to make these, but I also want to roll them out and cut them into shapes. Do you think it would work if I refrigerated them for a couple hours? Have you ever tired it? I notice that the other recipes compare as far as ingredients.

    • Hi Sara,
      I think you will want to try my Cut Out Sugar Cookie recipe if you want to roll out the dough and make shapes. This particular recipe is delicious, but it’s different than the type you’ll want to use to cut out shapes.
      I hope you enjoy both these recipes – I make them both often and they’re delicious! Thanks!

  34. Just getting ready to bake these cookies. Wish me luck because l’ve been searching for yrs for a good sugar recipe…

  35. Can I add cinnamon to the sugar I’m rolling the cookies in?

  36. Do you have to roll these in sugar. I’m making them for my sons preschool class and I think they are going to frost them so they don’t need the extra sugar 🙂

  37. These cookies are absolutely wonderful! They are a family favorite all year around. Also delicious if you sub vanilla extract for almond extract! So glad I came across these! 💜

  38. I love them!! Just baked some tonight, sadly I’m on a diet but I bake for all my neighbors!!!

  39. Tried these but was super soft so couldn’t make balls to roll into sugar. Putting the dough in the fridge for a few hours and hopefully that works.

  40. Dear Robyn,
    Thank you very much for this beautiful, delicious, easy recipe 😍👌
    It’s perfect 😍👌
    Just one small question, why my cookies turn to biscuits after 10 minutes from baking ?
    Best regards

  41. Can I freeze these?

  42. Do i use salted or unsalted butter?

  43. these sugar cookies are hands down the best i have ever tried.i did put a bit less sugar and added 1 tsp of cornstarch to make it extra chewy but regardless thank you for such an amazing recipe mmm mmm mmm

  44. Hi, I followed recipe to a T and they flattened and baked very thin. Any suggestions

    • Hi Pat,
      I’m sorry they were thin. It sounds like the dough was too warm. If dough is seems warm and sticky, place in refrigerator for several minutes until it becomes cool. I hope this helps. Thanks!

  45. Made these tonight. Love them. Would recommend this recipe.

  46. This recipe is wonderful! No, really. . I’m not a baker, but I’ll make these for the holidays and gift them to family and friends. I’ll give you credit of course! And steer them your way. 😊
    Thank you and have a wonderful season of joy!

    • Hi Anna,
      This makes my day that you enjoy them and share them with love with your friends and family! I hope all of them stop by and visit and all love making them as much as you do!
      I hope you have a fabulously warm & happy holiday season too!
      Thanks so much! xo

  47. Curious to know how well these cookies will freezwe.

  48. Can I use brown sugar instead of white granulated sugar?

  49. Oh no! I didn’t realize they weren’t good for cut outs. I’ve already made the dough and it’s sitting in the fridge (was a little warm). Are they a complete fail if I use a cookie cutter?

  50. So I have a question about this recipe… I absolutely love the flavor of these cookies. However something isn’t right. The first time I made them, I did one pan, and they went totally flat and ran into each other. I reasoned that I lost track of the flour (distracted by my toddler) and added flour to the rest of my my dough. This time, I made sure to follow the recipe, and I prerolled all of my dough and froze it so that I could bake them later and the same thing is happening. I don’t know if it’s too much butter, or not enough flour? I would love any suggestions on how to get this right.

    • Hi Lindsey,
      These are definitely one of our favorite cookies and one that we make all the time. Let’s work to see what could be happening.
      1. Make sure that your butter isn’t too soft. It just needs to be softened to room temperature where it easily creams together with the sugar. If it is too soft then your cookie dough will spread too much when baking.
      2. When you say that you did one pan, do you mean that you scooped the cookies and placed them about 2-inches apart (for about 9 cookies on your pan)?
      3. When you say that you prerolled your dough are you meaning that you scooped the cookies, rolled in sugar and then froze the dough? I’m thinking so but just want to be sure.
      4. What kind of butter are you using? Sometimes, that makes all the difference in baking. I’ve found that Land o Lakes butter gives the best results in my baking as it doesn’t contain a lot of water like many store or other brands of butter may contain. If a butter does contain a higher percentage of water, it can cause baking recipes to not turn out well.

      Thanks so much, Lindsey! We’ll get this figured out so that you can have these delicious cookies! xo

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