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Perfect Chewy Sugar Cookies

4.45 from 59 votes
Great as gifts or brought along to dinner parties, my Perfect Chewy Sugar Cookies are a lovely golden color, with a crinkly top and sugary (and chewy!) bite!

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Hi Bold Bakers!

As we move deeper into the holidays, one of my favorite things to start baking is cookies! Last year in my Holiday Baking Headquarters I shared a ton of cookie recipes, and they were such a big hit that I’m back this year with another round. My Perfect Chewy Sugar Cookies are perfect for a reason: its texture, flavor, and look is beloved by all.

Great as gifts or brought along to dinner parties, these cookies are a lovely golden color, with a crinkly top and sugary (and chewy!) bite!

What makes a cookie chewy?

Sometimes people prefer a cookie with chew instead of a crunch or a lot of softness. The name really says it all: these are chewy sugar cookies — with the perfect amount of chew. They have a buttery rich flavor similar to a shortbread, but have the chew and crinkle of my Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, so these are the perfect marriage of all my favorite kinds of cookies.

Made of just the basics, sugar, flour, butter and egg, it’s the baking powder that makes these cookies chewy. Once the cookie dough is mixed up, I roll the dough into little balls then roll them in sugar. This outer coating also helps give the cookie a nice crisp exterior, which perfectly offsets the chewy center. Rolling the outside of a cookie dough in sugar is common in a chocolate or gingerbread cookie, but it’s pretty unique to see in a sugar cookie.

It’s an extra step that really sets these cookies apart from others that look similar.

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[ If you prefer a sugar cookie with a little more crunch, try my Best Ever Sugar Cookies recipe! ]

Why do you need to chill your chewy sugar cookie dough?

You might be wondering why I chill my cookie doughs and if it really does make a difference. Well, the answer is yes, it really makes a world of difference!

Allowing the dough to sit in the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes before baking not only keeps the cookies from spreading, but it helps to develop the flavors. In addition, chilling the cookie dough also helps give this cookie its chew as it allows the sugars in the cookie to absorb the liquids, making an almost fudge-like cookie dough. I guarantee you, you will see the difference in the finished cookies and you will be glad this was a step you took!

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Can you freeze this cookie dough?

Yes, you can make these cookies in advance by freezing this cookie dough and most others.

  • For this cookie, I suggest rolling and arranging the cookie balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet before freezing, as they will be all ready to go when thawed. Once solid, transfer to an airtight container and freeze for up to 2 months.
  • To thaw, simply put the frozen cookie dough in the fridge until they aren’t rock hard. Then, roll in granulated sugar and bake as directed. This is a super handy way to get prepared for all that holiday baking.

Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips for Chewy Sugar Cookies

  • Don’t skip chilling the dough or the cookies may spread too much when baking.
  • Try adding ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon or Homemade Mix Spice to the sugar before rolling the cookies in it.
  • Make citrus-chewy sugar cookies by adding 2 teaspoons of lemon, lime or orange zest (or a combination of all three into the dough when you are mixing the sugars and butter.
  • Elevate these simple cookies into a delicious dessert by serving them with a batch of my Homemade White Hot Chocolate.
  • If you love chewy cookies, be sure to check out my Molasses CookiesOatmeal Cookies and Maple Pumpkin Cookies!

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Perfect Chewy Sugar Cookies Recipe

4.45 from 59 votes
Great as gifts or brought along to dinner parties, my Perfect Chewy Sugar Cookies are a lovely golden color, with a crinkly top and sugary (and chewy!) bite!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 30
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 1 minute
Great as gifts or brought along to dinner parties, my Perfect Chewy Sugar Cookies are a lovely golden color, with a crinkly top and sugary (and chewy!) bite!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 30

Ingredients

  • 2 ¾ cups (13 ¾ oz/389 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (8 oz/225 g) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups (12 oz/340 g) plus ½ cup (4 oz/115 g) granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • In  a medium bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside. 
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and 1 ½ cups (12 oz/340 g) sugar together on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add in the egg and vanilla extract and mix until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl to ensure even mixing.
  • Turn the mixer on low speed and gradually add in the dry ingredients. continue mixing until the dough just comes together. 
  • Scoop the dough into 30 (1 tablespoon-sized) balls then roll in the remaining ¼ cup (2 oz/57 g) sugar. Transfer to a plate and chill the rolled cookies for a minimum of 30 minutes.  
  • Pre-heat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Arrange the cookies 2 inches (5 cm) apart on the prepared sheets and bake for 14-16 minutes, until puffed and lightly golden. Be sure not to over-bake to keep them soft.
  • Remove from the oven and cool slightly on the baking sheets before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Once cooled, store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-4 days.

Recipe Notes

  • Don’t skip chilling the dough or the cookies may spread too much when baking.
  • Try adding ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon or Homemade Mix Spice to the sugar before rolling the cookies in it.
  • Make citrus-chewy sugar cookies by adding 2 teaspoons of lemon, lime or orange zest (or a combination of all three into the dough when you are mixing the sugars and butter.
  • Elevate these simple cookies into a delicious dessert by serving them with a batch of my Homemade White Hot Chocolate.
  • Make chewy sugar cookies ahead of time: 
    • For this cookie, I suggest rolling and arranging the cookie balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet before freezing, as they will be all ready to go when thawed. Once solid, transfer to an airtight container and freeze for up to 2 months. 
    • To thaw, simply put the frozen cookie dough in the fridge until they aren't rock hard. Then, roll in granulated sugar and bake as directed. This is a super handy way to get prepared for all that holiday baking.
  • If you love chewy cookies, be sure to check out my Molasses CookiesOatmeal Cookies and Maple Pumpkin Cookies!
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Shannon
Shannon
5 years ago

I really want to bake these cookies but unfortunately, I don’t have all purpose flour I have self – raising. Is there a way I cook bake these cookies or any sugar cookies without all purpose? Thanks

Jasmine kalra
3 years ago

Super delicious and chewy cookies…. loved the recipe

Savita seeharack
Savita seeharack
4 years ago

Hi Gemma can I makes shapes with a cookie cutter from this dough would it still have the same soft texture when baked .

Zen
Zen
1 year ago

Can I use a sugar substitute.

Gina
Gina
1 year ago

Would this recipe work well with additives like white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts or should I use the “best ever sugar cookie” recipe for that?

Aimee Rojo
Aimee Rojo
1 year ago

Very good. Easy to make so great for large quantities. Wondering if I could substitute Ghee for the butter?

Kathleen Cerillo
Kathleen Cerillo
1 year ago

Any changes for high altitude?

Meenu
Meenu
1 year ago

Hey whats the substitute for egg in dis recipe n what proportion

Mark
Mark
1 year ago

Do you recommend using an egg straight from the fridge (I’m in the USA) or should it be room temperature like the butter?

Debra
Debra
1 year ago

My dough also was crumbly and didn’t come together. Everything was measured carefully. Added a few tablespoons of milk and that solved the problem. They were delicious!

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