Chewy Sugar Cookies

The Ultimate Chewy Sugar Cookies – good without frosting but I couldn’t help myself. This recipe is perfection! Chewy Sugar Cookies - good without frosting but I couldn't help myself. This recipe is perfection! the-girl-who-ate-everything.comI just had a flashback to my childhood where my older sister and I would watch cooking shows and frantically be writing down the recipe as they shouted it out on the television.

Half of the time we would get something wrong or write one of the measurements down wrong. This was before DVR and even before the Internet. How crazy is that?

How did we survive without the Internet? No, really? This recipe comes from a show on Food Network called Sweet Dreams. I remember watching it religiously before food shows were ever really a big hit.Chewy Sugar Cookies - good without frosting but I couldn't help myself. This recipe is perfection!

Now remember these are CHEWY sugar cookies. I also have on my blog soft sugar cookies – similar to Lofthouse cookies. They’re light and fluffy. These are the polar opposite. And if you want roll-out sugar cookies. These are not those either. Check out my Sugar Cookie Showdown to see what cookie is best for what circumstance.

I was reminded of this recipe by the girls over at Or So She Says and followed their advice about adding a drizzle of frosting. Not that they need it. These can stand all alone as a plain sugar cookie which is really unusual. You can roll them in sprinkles before baking them or raw sugar if you want.
Chewy Sugar Cookies - good without frosting but I couldn't help myself. This recipe is perfection! the-girl-who-ate-everything.comThey are buttery, chewy, and taste just like a bakery. Seriously, after I made them I wondered how my bakery managed to make the same recipe.
One thing about this recipe is that it calls for buttermilk which I don’t always have on hand. But don’t worry, I’ve included a substitute that I’ve used with these and it works beautifully. Chewy Sugar Cookies - good without frosting but I couldn't help myself. This recipe is perfection! the-girl-who-ate-everything.comYou want to know something weird that food bloggers do? Sometimes we do insane things for pictures. The sprinkles in the top picture – yeah, they have a story.

You see when you’re 2-year-old has just used your last bottle of rainbow sprinkles to decorate the lawn and you know you plan on taking pictures of sugar cookies with rainbow sprinkles the next day (because they won’t last a day longer) and can’t bring yourself to go to the grocery store one more time this week, that’s when the craziness starts.

The night before I decorated these we were at football practice and we went to get frozen yogurt after.

As I added toppings to my yogurt I added tons of sprinkles, paid for my yogurt, then tried to shake off the top layer of sprinkles into a napkin, and then placed the rolled up napkin in my pocket hoping I remembered to take them out and save them for my pictures. Now share your story so I don’t feel all weird.

Too late.

Chewy Sugar Cookies
Servings: 4 dozen
Author: Christy Denney
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons buttermilk (see notes for substitute)
  • Sprinkles or colored sugar , for decorating
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in dry ingredients. Add just enough of the buttermilk to moisten the dough and make it soft, not wet. The dough will be soft. I only use about 2 tablespoons.
  4. Roll small tablespoons of dough into balls and place on the cookie sheet. With a brush or fingers, moisten the top of each cookie with the remaining buttermilk and slightly flatten the top of each cookie. Sprinkle with raw sugar or colored sprinkles if desired.
  5. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until barely golden. Let cookies cool on the baking sheet before transferring to a cooling rack.
Recipe Notes

For buttermilk substitute: Add 3/4 teaspoon lemon juice or vinegar to 1/4 cup milk. Let sit 5 minutes before using.
Source: original recipe from Food Network. Discovered at Or So She Says

Buttercream Frosting
Prep Time
22 hrs 1 min
Cook Time
22 hrs 1 min
Author: Christy Denney
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick softened butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Milk to consistency
  • Food coloring
  1. Mix all ingredients together well adding milk to desired consistency.
  2. Place in a ziploc bag and snip of the corner. Add a drizzle of frosting on top and sprinkles if desired.

Or use the cream cheese frosting recipe HERE.

Chewy Sugar Cookies - good without frosting but I couldn't help myself. This recipe is perfection!

Speak Your Mind



  1. Chewy sugar cookies are the best! Love the pink buttercream. Lol love the sprinkle story! So true!!

  2. oh yummy!! These look so good!

  3. Saw the recipe and I made them. Really awesome, and no frosting needed. I used red sugar for the top.

  4. With this pink decoration cookies look so cute!

  5. I love your decorations, a fun cookie is always better than a plain cookie.

  6. These cookies look amazing! Almost as good as the story behind the sprinkles! You should not feel weird about that at all! It’s pretty great!

    xx, Caitlin

  7. These are so great for Valentine’s Day!