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Mouthwatering Sugar Cookie Recipe that Your Family Will Love

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If you like cookies that are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, this is the sugar cookie recipe for you.

If you like cookies that are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside then this sugar cookie recipe is for you.

If I have one claim to fame in this house – it's my sugar cookies. Oh it is a happy day when I decide to bake. 😉

Actually, this recipe is very easy. However, the pan you use can make a difference. I will explain.

What You Will Need

The first thing to do is collect your ingredients. To make about 4 dozen cookies you will need:

If you like cookies that are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside then this sugar cookie recipe is for you.
  • 2 3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

The Process

Make the Dough

Start by preheating the oven to 395º. I know 395 seems like a weird temperature for cookies – but that is what works in my oven. Look at the pictures to gauge how your oven runs compared to mine.

While the oven is preheating, stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl and set it aside. You will be adding this to the wet ingredients later.

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(Practical Tip: If you store your flour in a separate tub like one of these, fill it up in the sink so you don't spill flour all over the counter.)

If you like cookies that are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside then this sugar cookie recipe is for you.

In a large bowl, cream the butter and the sugar together for about 2 minutes. Then beat in the egg and the vanilla. I use this trusty, but ancient mixer to do this.

If you like cookies that are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside then this sugar cookie recipe is for you.

Once combined, gradually add your flour mixture to the butter and sugar mixture.

Your finished sugar cookie dough will look like this:

If you like cookies that are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside then this sugar cookie recipe is for you.

Use a mini scoop like this one to scoop out 1 inch balls of dough onto ungreased cookie sheets. If you don't have a mini scoop then just roll them into balls by hand – the scoop makes the cookies appear more uniform.

If you like cookies that are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside then this sugar cookie recipe is for you.

Bake the Cookies

Bake the cookies for 10 minutes and take them out just as they begin to turn golden. The surface will be crackly but the cookie will still be really soft inside. At this stage I always think that mine should stay a little longer in the oven – but I take them out anyway.

Then let them cool on the hot cookie sheet for 2 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack. The cookies actually continue to cook while they sit on the hot sheet, so don't skip this step.

Isn't that little mini spatula cute?

If you like cookies that are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside then this sugar cookie recipe is for you.

The Cookie Sheet Matters

I also found that the baking sheets that you use actually do make a difference.

For this batch of cookies, I used my equally ancient AirBake cookie sheets for the first two dozen. But for the third dozen, I used a pizza stone instead (I only have 2 AirBake cookie sheets and wanted to get a jump start on the third set – and yes, the pizza stone is well worn and ancient as well).

As you can see in the picture below – the cookies that I made on the pizza stone stayed puffy and did not crackle like the ones that I made on the AirBake sheets. Also, the cookies were still uncooked inside at 10 minutes.

If you like cookies that are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside then this sugar cookie recipe is for you.

This happened quite by happenstance. I was truly surprised to see such a big difference in the result based on the baking pan.

I think for this sugar cookie recipe an air flow type baking sheet is the way to go.

Make It Dairy Free

You can modify this into a dairy free sugar cookie recipe by substituting Fleischmann's Unsalted Margarine – which I believe is non-dairy (or other non-dairy margarine) for the butter.

Just increase the salt from 1/4 tsp to 1/2 tsp if you are using unsalted margarine.

Download This Sugar Cookie Recipe

Would you like the printable version of this crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside sugar cookie recipe?

If you like cookies that are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside then this sugar cookie recipe is for you.

Mouthwatering Sugar Cookie Recipe

Yield: 4 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Start by preheating the oven to 395º.
  2. While the oven is preheating, stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl and set it aside. You will be adding this to the wet ingredients later.
  3. In a large bowl, cream the butter and the sugar together for about 2 minutes. Then beat in the egg and the vanilla.
  4. Once combined, gradually add your flour mixture to the butter and sugar mixture.
  5. Use a mini scoop to scoop out 1 inch balls of dough onto ungreased cookie sheets. If you don't have a mini scoop then just roll them into balls by hand - the scoop makes the cookies appear more uniform.
  6. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes and take them out just as they begin to turn golden. The surface will be crackly but the cookie will still be really soft inside. At this stage I always think that mine should stay a little longer in the oven - but I take them out anyway.
  7. Then let them cool on the hot cookie sheet for 2 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack. The cookies actually continue to cook while they sit on the hot sheet, so don't skip this step.

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Cheryl

Thursday 30th of July 2020

This is by far the best sugar cookie recipe! I always have to make a double batch!

Neena Nandagopal

Thursday 30th of July 2020

Thank you!

Laxmi

Friday 10th of January 2020

Hello. Thank you for the recipe. You mentioned a dairy free version above. I am not dairy-free but am egg free. Have you tried an egg substitute with this recipe? Thank you.

AK

Saturday 28th of December 2019

100% the best cookies ever.

Neena Nandagopal

Monday 30th of December 2019

Thank you!

Bethany

Tuesday 2nd of July 2019

I just made these.... they are sooooo good! I made them fourth of July themed and they turned out so good! Love them and this recipe is AMAZING!

Neena Nandagopal

Friday 5th of July 2019

Hi Bethany,

I am so glad you enjoyed them - thanks for letting me know!

Jayne

Friday 22nd of March 2019

Wonderful recipe, my cookies turned out perfect! Thank you ?

Nicole

Friday 3rd of May 2019

I made these and they turned out great! They only change I made was I cooked them for 8 minutes instead of 10. I like my cookies soft inside and out.

Neena Nandagopal

Friday 22nd of March 2019

Hi Jayne, I am so glad. :-) Thank you for letting me know!