Simple Soft Sugar Cookies

Simple soft sugar cookies! Soft and chewy, just like when we were kids. Serve them plain, with frosting, or sprinkled with colored sugars. They're ready for a birthday party, potluck, or bake sale!

Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies
Irvin Lin

Rolling this cookie dough in my hands makes me so happy. I’m immediately thrust back to grade school, making cookies with my mom and my friends.

I love biting into the soft, chewy cookie and having those vanilla notes hit my tongue. It’s a little bite of nostalgic satisfaction that you can’t get anywhere else.

Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies on Mesh Baking sheet
Irvin Lin

Ordinary Ingredients, Extraordinary Cookie

Sugar cookies come in all sorts of textures and sizes, but my favorite are the kind that are soft and chewy. This is the type of cookie that you roll into balls between your hands and then press flat with a glass before baking.

It’s one the most basic of cookies, with all the standard ingredients you'd expect: butter, sugar, flour, eggs and vanilla. Combined, they make the perfect sugar cookie.

Ways to Decorate These Cookies

For a basic, everyday sugar cookie, just roll them in sugar before baking. If you'd like something extra-special, try rolling them in colored sugars or topping them with a layer of frosting.

Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies
Irvin Lin

How to Store or Freeze These Cookies

Store these cookies in an airtight container on the counter for about three days. After that, they'll still be tasty, but will start to get a little dry and crumbly.

The cookies can also be frozen, either baked or unbaked:

  • To freeze the unbaked cookies, roll and flatten the cookies on the baking sheet, then transfer to the freezer. It's fine to crowd the pan with as many cookies as you can. Once frozen, the cookies can be transferred to an airtight freezer container or bag for up to a month. Bake as normal (no need to thaw), but add an extra minute or two onto the cooking time.
  • To freeze the baked cookies, cool completely, then wrap them well with foil and transfer to a freezer bag. Freeze for up to a month and thaw at room temperature.

These cookies are so great for the holidays, but here are a whole bunch more that you may like, too!

Looking for a Different Kind of Sugar Cookie?

Soft and chewy not quite your aim today? Take a look at these other variations!

Simple Soft Sugar Cookies

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Chill Time 60 mins
Total Time 82 mins
Servings 24 servings
Yield 24 cookies

Leave these cookies plain, frost them after cooling, or dress them up with colored sparkling sugars sprinkled over the top before baking.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (225g or 2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 1 cup (200g) granulated white sugar

  • 1/4 cup (55g) packed light brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 large egg

  • 2 1/4 cups (315g) all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

To finish

  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated white sugar

Special Equipment

  • Stand mixer

Method

  1. Beat the butter and sugar:

    Place butter, both sugars and vanilla extract in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat the ingredients together until the butter is light, fluffy and clings to the side of the bowl.

    Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies
    Irvin Lin
  2. Add the egg and beat to incorporate:

    Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.

  3. Add the flour, baking powder and salt:

    Mix on low speed until the dry ingredients are mostly absorbed, then increase the speed until fully incorporated.

  4. Chill the dough:

    Chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour or overnight.

    Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies
    Irvin Lin
  5. Preheat the oven:

    Half an hour before baking the cookies, preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with a silicon baking mat or parchment paper.

  6. Shape the cookies:

    Pinch off a lump of dough. Roll it between the palms of your hands to form a ball roughly 1 1/2 inches in diameter, about the size of a pingpong ball. Roll the dough in the granulated white sugar and place on the baking sheet. Repeat, spacing the cookies about 2 inches apart.

    Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies
    Irvin Lin
  7. Press the cookies into disks:

    Use the flat bottom of a glass to press down and form thick disks about 2 inches wide. Sprinkle some extra sugar on each disk

    Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies
    Irvin Lin
  8. Bake the cookies:

    Bake at 375°F (190°C) 11 to 13 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies are starting to turn golden brown. Let cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet before moving cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

    Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days at room temperature.

    Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies
    Irvin Lin
Soft Sugar Cookies on Mesh and Normal Baking Sheets
Irvin Lin
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
170 Calories
8g Fat
23g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 24
Amount per serving
Calories 170
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 41mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 13mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 21mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.