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!


The BEST Sugar Cookie Recipe

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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!

How to Make Perfect 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!

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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
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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  • 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.

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

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

Prepare your 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.


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.

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

  1. These came out so good! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Don’t know what I did wrong chilled Dough first cookies baked for 8 min and were thin and flat. Dissapointed would not recommend.

    • Hi Rodney,
      I’m sorry that happened when you made these! They are some of our very favorite cookies so I’ll mention some things that could have happened to see if that helps you determine what happened:
      -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.
      -Make sure the cookies are placed about 2-inches apart (for about 9 cookies on per pan)
      -Also, the butter you are using can make 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.
      I hope some of these tips may help, Rodney. Thanks so much!

    • I had the same problem with my first batch. I added more flour to rest of dough. Next batches were perfect.

  3. Do you have the chocolate sugar cookie recipe available. Can’t wait to make both…..

  4. These turned out yummy! My five year old is hooked. We put red & green sprinkle sugar in the sugar mixture to roll them in. Turned out very cute!

  5. Can I make the dough a day ahead and keep in the fridge to bake the following day? If so, do I need to roll it into the balls 1st or just put the dough in plastic wrap?

  6. Can these cookies be baked and frozen for a few weeks?

  7. Are these hand mixed or hand mixer? Thank you!

  8. Wondering would this recipe be good also to roll out and use cookie cutters with?

  9. I was so sad that my cookies got hard after cooling. I do t know what I did wrong ????. I will try again soon.

  10. Hi! Can substitute coconut oil for butter? If yes, do you hale to knots the rate of conversion I should use? These look delicious.

  11. Hi there! I have a sugar cookie recipe I usually make but I want to try a new one to compare. I do make sugar cookies with just colored sugar crystals on them, however the most requested sugar cookies I make have icing on them. Would these taste okay with a thin layer of homemade vanilla frosting?

  12. Do you have to chill these? And can you iuse sea salt or regular salt? Having a hard time finding kosher. Thank you

  13. Great recipe! In all honesty, I followed the wrong recipe. Since I had multiple recipe tabs open on my phone I didn’t realize this wasn’t the one I intended to make but it was delicious! Great texture, great flavor and makes a great base. I added pistachios and dried cherries to the batter and then melted white chocolate with some maraschino cherry juice to dip the cookie tops in. They came out amazing. I’m definitely bookmarking this recipe! Thanks!

  14. I did these last year and loved them but this year I wanted to roll the dough to make cut outs however they kept falling apart is there something I need to do different for cookie cutting dough ?

    Thanks 🙂

  15. Hi,
    Gosh, it looks like a must try!
    Hopefully my 1 year old is feeling better tomorrow and I can get some butter!
    Thanks for posting, will let you know how they turn out!

  16. I’ve searched for a soft, chewy sugar rookie recipe for ages. This one is FABULOUS!!! Easy to make and absolutely delicious. Thank you for sharing.

  17. This recipe is awesome! Rolled in cinnamon sugar!

  18. Super simple and they came out perfect ! I made mine a bit larger so ended up with about 24 cookies.

  19. OMG these were the best drop sugar cookies. 🙂 I will be making these again and again. 🙂 I made them tonight for my husband to take to his work Christmas party tomorrow. I left half of them plain and the other half I coated in a vanilla glaze and sprinkled crushed candy canes on top. Both so delish. 🙂 Thanks for the great recipe.

  20. I love making stuff like this for quick snacks, thanks for sharing the recipe!

  21. Absolutely fabulous recipe Robyn thank you! My favorite sugar cookie by far. Easy and perfect and quick. Delightful textural contrast crispy edges giving way to chewy center. Not too sweet which is what I love. I added 2 dashes aromatic bitters with the vanilla -really nice. Used muticolored sugar for rolling so great for holidays. Thanks a million

  22. Hey!

    I have a REALLY important question.

    I am making these cookies for gift giving on Christmas (9 days from now) and I wanted to know if I can freeze the dough for baking 4 days later. I really want them to be as fresh as possible before gifting. If yes, what’s the best way to freeze them?

    Please answer ASAP. My dough is currently sitting outside but I’ll have to put it in the fridge soon.

  23. Hi Robyn, I’d like to make a lemon version of these. Do you have any suggestions of how to tweak the recipe? Thank you

  24. Can you use cookie cutters when making these?

  25. Is there any reason I couldn’t add small caramel chips to the batter?

  26. HELLO does this dough do well is a cookie press??

  27. Can this recipe be used for the pinwheel cookies?

  28. Oh wow, these are the most delicious sugar cookies I have ever ate in my life.
    No, seriously, better than what you can buy in the stores.
    The only adjustment I made to this recipe was not adding the extra 1/2 cup of sugar, because I wanted to decorate with frosting and didn’t want the sweetness to be overpowering. But man, I can’t believe how great this turned out, unfortunately they are SUPER addictive as I have ate 4 tonight :'(.

  29. Quick question – are these easy to frost and shape for Christmas cookies?

  30. Do you you use unsalted better or sweeted better

  31. I’m no baker, but this recipe makes me look like a champ!! Adding a touch of sugar before baking – I use a combination of yellow sugar crystals and granulated sugar – adds a bit of sparkle and extra sweetness. Thanks so much!

  32. I just finished making these. I put red and green m&m’s on them. I didn’t want the “chewy mall m&m cookie” and these fit the bill! That being said, if you’re going to do this…you might want to increase the sugar in the batter? I would also make these again as-is and roll in colored sugar. Delicious. Thank you.

  33. These are super delicious. Just what I was looking for. We love chocolate everything in our home, so I usually don’t make sugar cookies–BUT these were enjoyed thoroughly–no chocolate needed! I made half the batch into regular sugar cookies, and with the other half of the dough I added half a bag of shredded (unsweetened) coconut. This made some awesome coconut cookies!! I will use this recipe from now on. Thank you.

  34. These look good. Do you think they could be turned into snickerdoodles (rolling ball of dough in cinnamon sugar)?

  35. This is absolutely the best sugar cookies we (my kids and I) made!!! It really came out just like what the picture shows not just it looks good, it is chewy and taste heavenly! 

  36. Thanks for the great recipe, Robyn … going to try them today, but with an added twist: I’m going to add a 10oz bag of Ghirardelli Peppermint Chunks. Can’t wait to try them out.

    Quite frankly, I’m debating on using this recipe or tweak it by adding 3/4 C Brown Sugar and 3/4 C Granulated Sugar rather than all Granulated Sugar. Decisions … Decisions … Decisions.

    • Hi Cheryl,
      I do hope you enjoy these cookies – they are delicious! I’ve not made this recipe with all those changes, so I can’t say what the results will be. I must say they are some of the best cookies made according to the recipe! Thanks!

  37. The cookies maybe a little too sweet for some, was perfect for me, turned out perfect, followed your suggestions, 3 minutes creaming, have a KitchenAid Artisan, I creamed on 4 for 3 minutes, and on 2 for the completion.

    • Hi Louis!
      I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the cookies! Glad the suggestions in the recipe instructions helped to make these simple to make – that’s one of the things I love about these cookies (besides the fact that they are delicious!)!
      Thanks so much! 🙂

  38. Can you substitute whole wheat flour? I can’t have the folic acid in regular flour. How many cups should I use?

  39. I’m not sure where I Went wrong they weren’t hard, but definitely not soft. The first batch the sugar on the bottom of the cookie melted and turned brown before the cookie was done. The second batch I didn’t put sugar on the bottom and that worked better. Mine did not spread out like yours pictured. I used a cookie scoop, and the cookie turned out almost like I placed them on the sheet. Suggestions?  My 89 year old father was looking forward to some good sugar cookies but oops! He said “they’ll be good dunking cookies.” Typical dad answer!

  40. I wonder if you took a fork and made a indentation in them and put a little bit of jelly on them if they would turn out.

  41. I’m not sure where I went wrong! I followed exact, but my batter was too sticky to roll into a ball. 🙁

    • Hi Jessica
      It sounds like your dough got too warm. If it is sticky, put it in the refrigerator to chill for a few minutes til chilled and then it should work just fine. Thanks!

  42. O.M.G.  These are the BEST sugar cookies I’ve ever had and I don’t even love sugar cookies! I didn’t have any baking power but searched for a substitution and used baking soda and cream of tarter. I’m literally sitting here in a Saturday evening with coffee and eating these heavenly cookies! Bravo!

    • I’m so glad you love them, Jennifer! Yes, baking soda and cream of tartar make a great substitute for baking powder and I’m so glad you found that so you could make these today! 🙂 Sounds like the perfect Saturday night to me! xo

  43. Hello! Want to make these cookies but I want to use a cookie cutter (dinosaur one) can I “roll” it out, cut and bake? Please help thanks!!!!

  44. Hi may I know if it is possible for me to cut back on the sugar? If so, how much would be a good amount?

  45. I’ve made these and I followed the recipe to the T!..the family loooves them! Thank you! I once read, sugar cookies are of the simplest recipes to make but require a certain degree of elegance for success. Thought that sounded pretty cool ????. But I did start using applesauce in place of the egg (kids were eating the cookie dough). Turned out great!

  46. Could these be shaped like a taco shell after baking? I’m wanting to make my son some taco cookies for his birthday!

  47. Made these today but substituted the flour for Costco gluten free flour (Cloud 9). They were a little heavy looking but I baked them anyway. They took about 16 minutes to cook, and they look different because this flour has dark specs thru it. BUT!!!  They are delicious!! I’m so’s been hard to find recipes that are gluten free and taste good too!  This flour has been a real winner so far!!!
    Keep in mind though with the cooking time that I also live on the west coast of Canada and that might alter the cooking time as well so I’d definitely keep an eye on them as they bake.

  48. The cookies were very delicious, thank you for the recipe.

  49. I adjusted the recipe some but these are excellent

  50. Instead of adding baking powder I added baking soda but the taste of the cookies are good.

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