These soft and chewy sugar cookies are a Christmas cookie staple! This no-chill sugar cookie recipe is full of simple ingredients and comes together quickly!
These easy Chewy Sugar Cookies are a family favorite, plus there is an easy step-by-step video to help you make the best sugar cookies ever!
A few years ago, I hit the jackpot of ugly Christmas sweaters.
For years (no exaggeration) I had been on a mission to find the perfect Christmas sweater (obviously, I have big dreams)–one that was a bit whimsy, filled with personality and obnoxiously, over-the-top Christmasy.
I had pretty lofty expectations, and I wasn’t all that hopeful I’d actually meet those expectations. BUT (you knew this was coming), I never expected I would find something that would actually exceed my expectations.
At this hole-in-the-wall thrift store, I found this fantastically tacky, bright red sweater with cartoon cats decorating a tree with the words, “Meowy Christmas” written across the bottom.
The only thing that could make it better would be if the tree lit up.
Now, I’m pretty sure this was a handmade, one-of-a-kind sweater someone made for their cat-loving grandma. While I feel marginally guilty wearing it in jest when it was probably made in earnest, it’s probably the most comfortable thing I own.
And I wear it proudly during this season.
And proudly when I eat these chewy sugar cookies (that should be eaten with Peppermint Mocha Donuts, Peppermint Mochas, and Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes–I’d be just fine if the whole world was Peppermint-y and Mocha-y).
Guys, I’m practically a Christmas commercial.
I feel like it’s Christmas law that sugar cookies (of any kind) should be consumed during the holiday season.
It seems a little Scrooge-y and Grinch-like to skip out on a classic cookie like this, especially when you can top them with frosting (this easy sugar cookie frosting is the best!), roll them in sprinkles or spread some peppermint ice cream in between them and call it a day.
Whether you’re making cutout sugar cookies or warm spiced molasses sugar cookies, or something more like these traditional chewy sugar cookies, the holidays just wouldn’t be the holidays without a plate of sugar cookies (or you can bake a batch and give it to a neighbor!).
Classic Sugar Cookie Ingredients:
- baking soda & baking powder
- vanilla extract
- optional: almond extract
This is one of my favorite things to bake, because even though it’s a basic sugar cookie dough recipe, it has the perfect balance of flavor. The cookies are buttery and sweet without being overly sweet, they are soft on the inside yet still chewy, and you can eat them plain or frost them.
Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies Tips & Tricks:
1. First things first, in case you missed it up at the top of this post, this is a no chill sugar cookie recipe, meaning you can bake these cookies right away!
2. Next, when rolling out the dough for this easy sugar cookie recipe, you do not have to flatten the dough before baking in the oven. The cookies will flatten as they bake (one of my favorite parts of this recipe and partially why I declare these the best sugar cookie recipeof my life!).
3. I roll each cookie dough ball in sugar before baking. However, you can roll them in sprinkles instead. Around Christmas, I roll them in red and green sprinkles. For Valentine’s Day, red and pink. 4th of July, red, white and blue. It’s a super simple way to make them festive without going to any extra work.
4. The recipe below calls for almond extract. You can 100% omit the almond extract, if you’d prefer. I happen to love how almond and vanilla extract taste together, and I think it really adds to the depth of flavor in these cookies. However, these taste great with just vanilla extract!
Rich, buttery, and chewy. Sugar done right.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp almond extract (optional)
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar, for dipping
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or coat with baking spray).
In a large bowl with a standing mixer or hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 1 minute.
Add in the egg, vanilla extract, and almond extract; beat until combined.
- Add in flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix until just combined, making sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl every now and again.
- Roll dough into 1" balls, and roll in sugar.
- Place on baking sheet, about 2" apart. Bake for 10-11 minutes, or until cookies have set.
- Allow to cool.
- Feel free to frost them or cover them with a glaze, if desired.
*Alternately, instead of rolling in sugar, you can roll each cookie dough ball in sprinkles and bake as normal.
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Updated photos in 2019 (original photos below).