Gentle and chewy sugar cookies with an incredible cream cheese frosting

After you’ve tried this chewy sugar cookie recipe, you should definitely strive these snickerdoodle cookies, these peanut butter cookies, or these oatmeal cookies!

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Chewy Sugar Cookies

It doesn’t get significantly better than a brilliant mushy and chewy sugar cookie piled excessive with the BEST cream cheese frosting and a plethora of sprinkles. These are the last word chewy sugar cookies and I hope you’re keen on them as a lot as we do!

This cookie dough isn’t imply for cut-out sugar cookies (my favourite sugar cookie dough for reduce out cookies right here), however meant as an enormous and mushy bakery-style sugar cookies.

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How you can make the BEST Gentle & Chewy Sugar Cookies:

  • For these cookies we begin with partially melted butter. I don’t soften all of it the best way as a result of I’ve discovered it tends to make the cookies a bit greasy.
  • If you soften butter for cookie recipes, chilling the dough is a MUST earlier than baking. This issues as a result of the fat have to re-solidify. If the dough is baked instantly with melted butter in it, the cookies will unfold whereas baking and turn out to be skinny, onerous, and crispy. The longer the fats stays strong, the much less the cookies will unfold.
  • The sugar within the dough additionally progressively absorbs liquid so if you chill the dough, the sugar has an opportunity to soak up extra liquid additional stopping unfold. I do know chilling is a ache, however I actually love what chilling the dough does to cookies. It’s like marinating meat — the wait is price it!

Tricks to make these Chewy Sugar Cookies the BEST:

  • Appropriately measure the flour: In the event you press a measuring cup right into a bag of flour you’ll pack in means an excessive amount of flour (which is able to lead to cake-like cookies with the unsuitable texture). To correctly measure your flour, spoon the flour into the measuring cup till its overfilled. Then use the again of a butter knife to degree the measuring cup on the prime. You’ll have an ideal flour measurement now!
  • Use room temperature eggs: This ensures the eggs disperse extra evenly into the batter giving these cookies a lighter texture (the eggs lure air). Soaking refrigerated eggs in a bowl of heat (not scorching) water for about 10 minutes is a fast means to do that. In any other case, pull the eggs out of the fridge about 30 minutes earlier than use.
  • Roll tall cookie dough balls: As a substitute of rolling an ideal ball, I’ve discovered in case you roll the dough so it’s taller and skinnier, when the cookies bake you’ll get that good thick & chewy heart AND the crisp edges. Utilizing this system, the underside of the cookie “ball” bakes first, which is able to push out and turn out to be the crisp edge. The highest of that tall cookie dough “ball” then turns into the thick and chewy heart. Good texture each time!

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Extra Scrumptious Cookies:

Gentle & Chewy Sugar Cookies

Gentle and chewy sugar cookies with a cream cheese frosting





Key phrase:

chewy sugar cookies

Servings: 28 cookies

Energy: 221 kcal

Creator: Chelsea


  • 16
    (1 cup) unsalted butter,
    80% the best way melted
  • 1
    white sugar
  • 1/3
    mild brown sugar,
  • 2
    giant eggs,
  • half of
    pure vanilla extract
  • half of
    pure almond extract
  • 2 and three/4
    all-purpose white flour
  • half of
    wonderful sea salt
  • 1
    baking soda

Non-obligatory Sugar Coating

  • 1/4
    white sugar
  • 1/4
    coarse white sugar crystals

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8
    full fats cream cheese,
    at room temperature
  • half of
    unsalted butter,
    at room temperature
  • 3
    powdered sugar
  • half of
    vanilla bean paste (or use 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract)
  • 1/8
    wonderful sea salt
  • Rainbow Sprinkles!


  1. In a big bowl add the 80% melted butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Whisk collectively till easy. Add in 1 entire egg and 1 egg yolk (reserve the whites for a separate recipe or discard), vanilla extract, and almond extract. Whisk till simply mixed and easy.

  2. In one other bowl, stir collectively the flour, salt, and baking soda. 

  3. Add all the dry elements into the moist elements and blend till JUST mixed. Don’t overmix the dough. Cowl tightly and place within the fridge for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

  4. Preheat the oven to 325 levels F. (You probably have a convection oven, do 325 levels F at convection bake). In a small bowl stir collectively the white sugar and coarse white sugar crystals (non-compulsory however makes for a scrumptious cookie!).

  5. Take away the dough and roll tall balls of dough (see the 2nd photograph within the publish). You probably have a kitchen scale, the balls of dough ought to be about 1.7 ounces. Roll the balls of dough generously into the coarse white sugar crystal combination. Place the balls of dough within the freezer for 5-10 minutes to agency up once more (retains them from spreading an excessive amount of; you need the dough going into the oven as chilly as doable.)

  6. Place dough balls on a parchment or silpat lined sheet pan and bake for 9-11 minutes. Watch fastidiously being certain to not over-bake. Just below-baked sugar cookies are the BEST! Take away and let stand on cookie sheet for two minutes earlier than eradicating to a cooling rack.

  7. In the meantime put together the frosting. In a big bowl, beat collectively the room temperature butter and cream cheese till fully easy. Add within the vanilla and salt. Beat to mix. Add within the powdered sugar after which beat till the frosting is easy (it can look like you want extra liquid, however simply maintain beating, it can come collectively!)

  8. Frost every cooled cookie with frosting and add along with your favourite sprinkles. Take pleasure in! Retailer any leftover cookies in an hermetic container within the fridge.

Recipe Notes

Complete time doesn’t embody necessary chilling time.

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