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.

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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!
Serves: 36 cookies
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ 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 1½-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.

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.

753 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!

      • These cookies are absolutely delicious! Added an extra 1/2 cup flour, cookies turned out perfect! Would recommend this recipe. Thanks

    • 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.

    Rating: 5

    • 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.

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