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The easiest soft and chewy drop sugar cookie recipe! These cookies are delicious on their own, but taken to a whole new level when you add icing! No chilling required!

A close up photo of soft and chewy sugar cookies with pink frosting.

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Sugar cookies are a big deal at my house. They are the absolute, all-time favorite cookie of my boys and we make them A LOT. They are also a must when we stop at our favorite soda shop, Swig n’ Sweets.

Sugar cookies are great because if you use a good recipe (like this one, wink, wink) you can eat them plain, or you can dress them up with frosting!

Close up photo of sugar cookies on a cooling rack.

I already have a great rolled sugar cookie recipe on my blog, but I love this chewy sugar cookies recipe too because you can make it quickly.

It is a no-chill sugar cookie recipe and they are “drop” style, meaning you don’t have to roll them out. Time saver.

Soft & Chewy Sugar Cookies Recipe

Chewy Sugar Cookie Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder

  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt

  • 1 Cup Butter, softened

  • 1 1/2 Cups White Sugar

  • 1 Egg

  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract

  • 1/2 Teaspoon Almond Extract, optional

  • 1/2 Cup Sugar, for coating

Sugar Cookie Frosting Ingredients

A hand holding a sugar cookie with pink frosting with 5 cookies in the background.
  • 1 Cup Butter, softened
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3 1/2 Powdered Sugar
  • 2-4 Tablespoons Milk

How To Make Soft & Chewy Sugar Cookies

  1. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to a mixing bowl and set aside. Butter and sugar in a mixing bowl.
  2. Place the softened butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. I recommend a Bosch Mixer. I’ve had mine for years and love it! Check it out here and on Amazon. Beat with the paddle attachment for 2 minutes.An egg being added to a mixing bowl.
  3. Add the egg, vanilla extract, and almond extract to the butter and sugar and mix.A cookie scoop with a ball of sugar cookie dough over a mixing bowl.
  4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the cookie dough. The dough will be a little crumbly.
  5. Using a medium cookie scoop (about 2 tablespoons) scoop out the dough and roll it into a ball with your hands.A cookie scoop with a ball of sugar cookie dough over a mixing bowl.
  6. Place the cookie dough ball into a bowl of sugar to completely coat.A hand holding a ball of sugar cookie dough.
  7. Put the cookie dough balls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat about 2 inches apart.
  8. Bake at 375°F for 8-10 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to stay on the pan for 1-2 minutes.Sugar cookies lined up on a cooling rack.
  10. Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack and allow them to completely cool.
  11. Frost the cookies if desired.

How to Make Icing for Sugar Cookies

  1. Place the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer and whip with a whisk attachment for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the vanilla extract and mix.
  3. Pour in the powdered sugar one cup at a time, mixing in between.
  4. Add the milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, to receive the desired consistency.
  5. Use food coloring to tint the frosting to your desired color.

Helpful Kitchen Tools

Sugar Cookie Tips

Now that you have the best drop sugar cookie recipe, here are some tips to help you achieve the perfect sugar cookie!

Baked sugar cookies on a cooling rack.

How Long Do Sugar Cookies Stay Fresh?

Sugar cookies will generally stay fresh for 3-5 days if you store them in an airtight container. Make sure to keep them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.

Can You Freeze Sugar Cookies?

The answer is definitely yes! You can freeze sugar cookies two different ways. Before you bake them (freeze the cookie dough) or freeze the baked cookies.

Baked sugar cookies on a baking sheet.

How to Freeze Cookie Dough

Sometimes I like to prepare extra cookie sugar cookie dough, then freeze it to prepare cookies later.

To do this, simply prepare the dough and roll the dough into balls. Place the balls of dough on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer for about 2 hours.

Sugar cookies lined up on a cooling rack.

Once frozen, transfer the cookie dough balls to a freezer-safe ziplock bag and store for 2-3 months.

To bake the frozen cookie dough, place the dough on a parchment lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake at 375° F for about 10 minutes.

How To Freeze Sugar Cookies

If you are going to freeze your sugar cookies after they are baked, follow the directions in the recipe and allow them to cool completely.

Soft & Chewy Sugar Cookies

Placed the baked cookies on a baking sheet and put in the freezer. Allow them to freeze for two hours, them store them in a freezer-safe container for 2-3 months.

Soft & Chewy Sugar Cookies

Soft & Chewy Sugar Cookies

Yield: 30 Cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Looking for the perfect recipe to make soft & chewy sugar cookies? This is it. This easy, no-chill sugar cookie recipe will quickly become your go-to and includes step by step instructions as well as a video! Don’t forget the icing!

Ingredients

  • Chewy Sugar Cookies
  • 2 3/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cup Butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 Cups White Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Almond Extract, optional
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar, for coating
  • Frosting
  • 1 Cup Butter, softened
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract,
  • 3 1/4-4 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1-4 Tablespoons Milk

Instructions

Chewy Sugar Cookies

  1. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to a mixing bowland set aside. 
  2. Place the softened butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. I recommend a Bosch Mixer.
  3. Add the egg, vanilla extract, and almond extract to the butter and sugar and mix.
  4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the cookie dough. The dough will be a little crumbly.
  5. Using a medium cookie scoop(about 2 tablespoons) scoop out the dough and roll it into a ball with your hands.
  6. Place the cookie dough ball into a bowl of sugar to completely coat.
  7. Put the cookie dough balls onto a baking sheetlined with parchment paperor a silicone baking matabout 2 inches apart.
  8. Bake at 375°F for 8-10 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to stay on the pan for 1-2 minutes.
  10. Transfer the cookies to a cooling rackand allow them to completely cool.
  11. Frost the cookies if desired

Sugar Cookie Icing

  1. Place the butter in the bowl of a stand mixerand whip with a whisk attachment for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the vanilla extract and mix.
  3. Pour in the powdered sugar one cup at a time, mixing in between.
  4. Add the milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, to receive the desired consistency.
  5. Use food coloring to tint the frosting to your desired color.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 403 Total Fat: 13g Saturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 39mg Sodium: 194mg Carbohydrates: 71g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 61g Protein: 2g

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