Simple Chewy Sugar Cookies

After I showed you the other day what I was baking for Christmas, I received this comment from Christina (The Frugal Homemaker):

Christina said...
mmmm.... chewy sugar cookies! :) I despise crunchy cookies so would love to see your chewy sugar cookies :)
December 21, 2011 11:11 AM
So glad there's another "crunchy sugar cookie hater" out there!  =D  Seriously though, those super crunchy sugar cookies that are coated in colored, sparkly sprinkles from the grocery store make me want to gag! ICK!  (And don't you think they lave the weirdest taste in your mouth?? Bleh.)

I can't tell you how many different sugar cookie recipes I've tried.  Some have called for mayo, sour cream, cream cheese, cream of tartar...you name it, I've probably tried it, all in an effort to make the "perfect" chewy sugar cookie.  And I was always, always disappointed.  Some failed miserably, while others were just, "okay." 

Last Christmas I was mixing up the dough for my chocolate chip cookies (which are so chewy and wonderful!) when it finally hit me, "Why not just alter the recipe to make sugar cookies??"  Wish this thought had occurred to me sooner...could have saved my family from being sugar cookie guinea pigs!!

Well, I tried my idea and it actually worked!  They were chewy and delicious...Woo-hoo! Plus they are simple with no weird ingredients required! =)  Here's how you make them:

Chewy Sugar Cookies:

1 cup of butter (melted)
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 cups all purpose flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
sugar (optional for rolling)

1.  Melt butter and pour over sugar.  Mix well.
2.  Add vanilla and eggs and mix.
3.  Add flour, baking soda and salt.  (I don't mix them up in a separate bowl...guess I'm a slacker!)  Mix well.  
4.  Shape dough into balls and roll in sugar. (Or sprinkles, or even cinnamon sugar!)
5.  Bake @ 375 for about 7-8 minutes.  Don't over bake, I repeat DO NOT OVER BAKE! 
6.  Cool for about a minute on the baking sheet before removing.  

After they are cool you can devour them immediately, ice them, dip them in chocolate or whatever your little heart desires!  (I made some the other day with peppermint icing and sprinkles...delish!)

Are you done with all your baking? And I must know...are you a crunchy or chewy sugar cookie lover? 


  1. Chewy! My husband made ginger cookies and snickerdoodles this year, along with buckeyes and pumpkin bread. Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!

  2. Chewy totally!!! Note to self: Make Laine's Chewy Sugar Cookie recipe tomorrow!!!!

    Thanks, this was just in time!!! Saved my family from another year of hard, crumbly sugar cookies (the reason I'm not usually a sugar cookie fan anyway!)

  3. L.O.V.E these!!! They are chewy, vanillaley (yep, just made that up ;), buttery - absolute divine! Made a batch on Christmas Eve - dipped in chocolate then in peppermint pieces - absolutely divine!!

    My mother-in-law wants the recipe too! :)

    Mine turned out raised - like humped in the middle. Not flat like yours. I baked mine on a stone - do you use a stone or a cookie sheet? I do all my baking (biscuits, cookies, rolls, etc.) on stones - never burn the bottoms that way. So anyways, guess I will have to make another batch this week to see if I can get them flat like yours ;)

    Thanks so much for the recipe!

  4. Made ours last night....so delish!!!! They are perfect, chewy, not too thick or thin, subtly sweet...yum-o!!

    I baked on an ungreased cookie sheet for 8 minutes, perfection!

    I did add some sprinkles but will try with frosting next time. These are a keeper!!

  5. Nom nom nom...just made this this afternoon for a fruit pizza crust. I was glad when the preheat setting on my oven finally beeped because I kept snitching the dough. So yummy!!!!

  6. Yum! Hiw long would you bake it for a fruit pizza crust? I'll bake it on a full cookie sheet/jelly roll pan (planning to make it in tye next hour if you're able to get back to me that quickly!) battenbergs at hotmail dot co dot uk
    Many thanks in advance!!


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