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Classic Chewy Sugar Cookies

Classic Chewy Sugar Cookies — These are perfectly brown around the edges and soft and chewy in the middle. If you like chewy sugar cookies, then this was exactly what I was looking for! 

 Sugar cookies in a white tray

Chocolate chip cookies aren’t for everyone, neither are oatmeal cookiesand that’s where sugar cookies can come in! Or, even better, you could just have them all. Either way, these classic sugar cookies are addictive and easy to make!

This is a very easy cookie recipe. It requires everyday pantry ingredients with very little effort, and it’s ready in about an hour. It’s simple and straightforward. It’s hard to mess this one up.

Perfectly crisp on the outside & chewy at the center

Perhaps more than any other cookie, the texture is what makes or breaks the sugar cookie. They have a crave-worthy texture. The sweetness speaks for itself, but the moist, soft texture is what makes the best sugar cookie stand out.

In order to get the desired texture, it’s important to chill the cookies. Chilling cookie dough before baking does make a difference. It helps solidify the fat in the cookie dough, so as the cookies bake, the solidified fat takes longer to melt, thereby causing the cookies to spread less.

Sugar Cookies showing the texture

What ingredients do I need for making classic sugar cookies

You don’t need a whole lot! We’re working with very basic pantry ingredients, I’m pretty sure you have most, if not all, of these on hand in your pantry. 

  • all-purpose flour
  • sugar
  • salt
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • Vanilla extract
  • butter
  • egg

How to make sugar cookies

  • Step 1: Combine all the dry ingredients
  • Step 2: Cream the butter and sugar
  • Step 3: Stir in the dry ingredients with the creamed butter until just blended.
  • Step 4: Scoop, roll into balls, coat, chill, and bake without flattening
  • Step 5: Enjoy!

Note that, these cookies are meant to be scooped and dropped so don’t be tempted to flatten them out. They will spread as they bake.

Also note that this is a sugar cookie recipe so obviously, it’s sweet. This is not something we eat all day, every day. It’s an occasional treat for us and when we treat ourselves, we go all in.

However, if you want less sweetness, you can reduce the sugar a little tiny bit. Too much sugar reduction will affect the texture of the cookies.

How long to make Classic Sugar Cookies? 

This recipe takes about 1 hour. However, 45 minutes out of this time are idle times. 30 minutes for chilling the dough and about 15 minutes baking time.

How to store Sugar Cookies? 

Sugar cookies should be stored in an airtigt container away from light or container with a firm seal for up to one week.

Yes! You can freeze the dough if you’d rather have a few cookies at a time hot from the oven. 

To freeze, prepare your cookie dough, roll them in sugar, put them in a ziplock bag, and place them into the freezer until ready to use. 

They can be stored this way for up to three months.

Sugar cookies in a tray

Tips for success

  • Please, please and please, be sure to chill the dough, it prevents the cookies from flattening out.
  • Soften the butter to room temperature before creaming it together with the sugar.
  • Line the baking sheet with parchment paper to help the cookies bake more evenly
  • Cookies spread out during baking so be sure to give them enough room to expand on the baking sheet.
  • Bake a little less for a softer texture, or a little longer for a firmer texture.

What you’ll need to make these cookies:

  • Baking sheet.
  • Parchment paper.
Sugar cookies in a white tray

Classic Chewy Sugar Cookies

Classic Chewy Sugar Cookies — These are perfectly brown around the edges and soft and chewy in the middle. If you like chewy sugar cookies, then this was exactly what I was looking for! 
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Global
Keyword: cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Chilling time: 30 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter unsalted at room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp. sugar for rolling the cookies

Instructions

  • Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer on a medium to high speed until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add the vanilla and egg and whisk until incorporated.
  • Set the mixer speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture until the dough is formed.
  • Roll a heap full of batter with an ice-cream scoop or your hands into balls and roll them into the sugar. Then place them on the prepared pan about 2 inches apart from each other.
  • Place the cookie dough in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, position the oven rack in the middle of the oven and Pre-heat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes depending on how dark and crispy you want your cookies to be. Be careful not to overbake.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven and leave them to cool down before transferring them to the wire rack. Enjoy!

Notes

  1. Soften the butter to room temperature before creaming it together with the sugar.
  2. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper to help the cookies bake more evenly
  3. Cookies spread out during baking so be sure to give them enough room to expand on the baking sheet.
  4. Be sure to chill the dough, it prevents the cookies from flattening out.
  5. Bake a little less for a softer texture, or a little longer for a firmer texture

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