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Soft Sugar Cookies

Soft sugar cookies are soft and chewy. They are easy to make, require no rolling and are sweet and buttery. 

Soft sugar cookies

Valentine’s Day reminds me of the color pink or red and it always reminds me of soft sugar cookies. These no crumble sugar cookies are a great, go to cookie when you have non chocolate lovers in your bunch. And besides who can resist anything sprinkled with shimmery sugary sprinkles? Even my neighbor who came over last night chose a sugary red one, over an unadorned plain cookie! Can’t say I blame her.

I love cookies, but I’m not a cookie decorator. Yes, their artistry always amazes me, but eating a gorgeous cookie that I envision taking so long to decorate, always makes me feel a bit guilty. Some of the decorated cookies are so pretty I feel like I should frame them! So no, these are not decorated sugar cookies or even soft sugar cookies with frosting!

I’m not the type who likes to wait when it comes to cookies. However, these soft sugar cookies do need to cool to come to their proper texture. If you bite into them while warm they may seem a bit doughy. But that’s a great thing for lovers of cookie dough, so make sure to snag a warm, soft sugar cookie right from the baking sheet.

Soft Sugar Cookies

The chewy, soft sugar cookie dough reminds me of Pillsbury’s sugar cookies. You know? The kind that comes in the refrigerator section? Zoe used to buy it in high school and then decorated the cookies with the frosting that comes in a squirt container, for whatever event they were celebrating at school. Sometimes I think she and her friends just wanted something to do and what is more fun than baking cookies? If I remember right, this sugar cookie dough reminds me of the flavor of Pillsbury, but I guess you’ll have to bake them to tell me if I’m right or wrong!

Crispy sugar cookies are great, too. Don’t get me wrong. I love those also, but sometimes I think the flavor of the frosting is what I enjoy better than the cookie. With this sugar cookie recipe, it’s all about the cookie. Soft and chewy, these sugar cookies are easy to make.

Soft Sugar Cookies

Soft Sugar Cookie Tips:

1. Be sure to use both types of flour if you want the right texture.

2. Add the brown sugar, which not only adds a touch of color and a great taste, but the brown sugar keeps them moist.

3. These cookies also require melted butter, which I do quickly in the microwave. If your butter is hard as a rock, I simply unwrap the stick, place it in a glass measuring cup and put it in the microwave at power level 7 for 1 minute. Works for me.

4. When in comes to shaping these cookies, you just roll them into balls the size of a smallish golf ball, then roll in sugar, and then freeze them. In my case, I set them on a baking sheet and placed them on my deck where it was 17 degrees and they were frozen in an hour. You do want them frozen, so they stay soft and chewy after they are baked. Then take the  frozen sugar cookie balls and bake them for about 10 minutes. Let them cool because if you don’t you may think they are doughy inside, but upon cooling they magically become a chewy, soft sugar cookie!

So what are you waiting for? Make these for someone you love or even just like. Because who doesn’t love a cookie? Especially a soft sugar cookie with shimmery sugar sprinkles?

Soft Sugar Cookies

Don’t want cookies? A Baker’s House dips chocolate strawberries! And my friend Tricia at Saving Room for Dessert makes these cute heart shaped chocolate cakes!

My all time favorite cookie: (This is really hard!)

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie

My Favorite Chocolate Cookie

Double chocolate cookies are dense, chocolatey cookies are for all chocolate and cookie lovers. They can be customized with nuts or various flavored chips, but this cookie is hands down my most favorite chocolate, chocolate cookie! #cookies #chocolate

And these Strawberry Crumble Bars are Incredible, too!

Strawberry Crumble Bars - With a buttery, crisp crust, a delectable fresh fruit filling, and a crumble of nut filled dough, these red ruby bars are truly phenomenal. Oh, I didn't mention the simple glaze that one drizzles over the top. Yum. Total Yum. Manservant told me to wrap them up and get them out of the house. Not much better compliment, than that, huh? #cookies #bars #strawberrydesserts

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Soft sugar Cookies

Soft Sugar Cookies

  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10-12 Minutes
  • Total Time: 29 Minutes
  • Yield: About 24 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American



1 c unsalted butter, melted and cooled

1 1/4 c sugar

1/4 c packed brown sugar

2 t vanilla extract

1 egg plus 1 egg yolk

Decorator’s Sugar

1 1/2 c cake flour

1 1/2 c all purpose flour

3/4 t kosher salt

1/2 t baking soda


Using a stand mixer, mix together melted butter and sugars on medium low speed until the mixture comes together. Mix in egg, egg yolk and vanilla.

Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl or four cup measuring cup. Add to the butter mixture but do not overmix, especially if you want a chewy cookie.

Shape your dough into 34 golf balls and roll in your favorite sugar. Place on a lined baking sheet and place in freezer until rock hard.

When they are ready to bake, preheat oven to 375. Place 12 cookie balls per sheet about 1 1/2″inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the bottoms are light golden. The cookies should still look pale but be nice and puffy. Remove from oven and let cool.

Once they are room temperature, you should have the right consistency, which should taste like a chewy, soft sugar cookie.


Thanks Butternut Bakery.

Times below do not include freezing time.

Keywords: soft sugar cookie, soft and chewy sugar cookies, Pillsbury copycat sugar cookies, soft sugar cookie recipe, sugar cookies


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Healthy World Cuisine

Wednesday 13th of February 2019

Those close up shots are making us feel weak in the knees. There is nothing like a chewy soft sugar cookie to bring a smile to anyone's face. Wishing you a very special Valentine's Day

Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert

Wednesday 13th of February 2019

These cookies are just adorable! I bet my grandkids would love them. Thanks for sharing Abbe!


Tuesday 12th of February 2019

I'll bet my grandsons would love these....and the sprinkles :)

Kelly | Foodtasia

Monday 11th of February 2019

These cookies look so perfectly soft and chewy! And those crispy edges - my favorite part.


Saturday 9th of February 2019

Like you I don’t like much in the way of cookie decoration, but I gotta say a little bling never hurt no sugar cookie. GREG