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Chewy Sugar Cookies

This chewy sugar cookie recipe is one of the easiest to make, tastes buttery sweet, and there’s no need to refrigerate the dough before baking.

A Versatile Cookie

Sugar cookies stacked on top of a red plate.

Sugar cookies seem to be one of the most popular cookies out there, and for good reason. They are versatile, easy to make and always taste delicious.

You can eat them with or without frosting, or decorate them for special occasions, or even make sugar cookies with sprinkles. There’s nothing better than cookies for dessert (or a snack, or lunch, or dinner…)

Soft and chewy sugar cookies on a counter.

Chewy Sugar Cookies

While these are not your typical sugar cookies that you roll out and cut into shapes, they are cookies that are made with ingredients that you most likely already have in your pantry and taste amazing coming right out of the oven.

What Ingredients Do I Need For Sugar Cookies?

  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Flour
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post.

How Do I Make The Chewy Sugar Cookies?

Two sticks of butter in a glass bowl.

Start by adding the softened butter to the bowl and cream with the hand mixer.

I always share that if you didn’t set the butter out to soften, it’s ok. Just pop it in the microwave on a low setting for about 30 seconds to help it soften. And, continue if it needs more.

Our new microwave has a soften setting, which is great for me because I tend to forget to set the butter out.

If you don’t want to soften the butter in the microwave, simply mix it until it is creamy.

Sugar and butter in a glass bowl.

Next, add the sugar to the bowl.

Vanilla extract, butter, eggs, and sugar in a glass bowl.

Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix well.

Flour, baking soda, and butter mixed in a glass bowl.

Finally, add the flour, baking soda, and baking powder to the bowl and mix until well blended.

Most sugar cookie recipes will require that you place the bowl in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to an hour.

With this recipe, you won’t be rolling out the dough to cut shapes, so you can immediately start baking the cookies.

Cookie dough in a glass bowl.

Once you’ve mixed everything together, the dough will be a little bit crumbly. But, once you roll the cookies, they will stay together just fine.

Rolling sugar cookies in sugar.

Roll the cookies into about 1-inch to 1-1/2-inch balls and roll in the sugar before placing it on the cookie sheet.

If you don’t want to use sugar, you can use sprinkles, or a colored sugar to roll the cookies in, as well.

Cookies on a cookie sheet

Place them on a cookie sheet about two inches apart.

Bake for 12 minutes or until golden around the edges.

The cookies are perfect for cookie exchange parties, potlucks, gifts for teachers and neighbors, or to have for snacks at home.

Sugar cookies on a counter and on a cookie sheet.

Recipe Card

Check out the chewy sugar cookie recipe card below, grab those ingredients, and start baking! This is a delicious treat that everyone will love.

Then, share your comments below and click here to share a picture of your cookies on the Pinterest Pin!  If you made any changes or added something different, be sure to share it with us so we can try it, too!

Soft and chewy sugar cookies on a counter.

Chewy Sugar Cookies

Yield: 36
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

This chewy sugar cookie recipe is one of the easiest to make, tastes buttery sweet, and there's no need to refrigerate the dough before baking. 


  • 1 cup of butter (2 sticks), softened
  • 1 cup sugar (plus 1/2 cup for rolling dough in)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
  2. Place the butter in a medium-sized bowl and cream.
  3. Add 1 cup of sugar, egg, and vanilla extract and mix well.
  4. Next, add the flour, baking soda, and baking powder and mix well.
  5. Roll the cookies into 1-inch to 1-1/2-inch balls.
  6. Next, roll the cookies in the remaining sugar.
  7. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for approximately 12 minutes or until the cookies are a light golden color around the edges.
  8. Allow to cool for a few minutes.


TIP: The dough will be crumbly when mixed.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 36 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 95Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 67mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 1g

Nutrition is approximate.

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