Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies

Rolling this cookie dough in my hands makes me so happy. I’m immediately thrust back to grade school, making cookies with my mom and my friends.

I love biting into the chewy cookie and having those vanilla notes hit my nose. It’s a little bite of nostalgic satisfaction that you can’t get anywhere else.

Sugar cookies come in all sorts and sizes, but my favorite is the kind that’s soft and chewy. This is the type of cookie that you roll into balls between your hands and then press flat before baking.

It’s one the most basic of cookies, with all the standard ingredients you’d expect: butter, sugar, flour, eggs and vanilla. Combined, they make the perfect sugar cookie.

Leave these cookies plain, frost them after cooling, or dress them up with colored sparkling sugars sprinkled over top before baking.

  • 1 cup (225 g, or 2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup (200 g) granulated white sugar
  • 1/4 cup (55 g) packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/4 cups (315 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

To finish:

  • 1/2 cup (100 g) granulated white sugar

1 Preheat the oven: Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with a silicon baking mat or parchment paper.

2 Beat the butter and sugar: Place butter, both sugars and vanilla extract in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat the ingredients together until the butter is light, fluffy and clings to the side of the bowl.

3 Add the egg and beat to incorporate. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.

4 Add the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix on low speed until the dry ingredients are mostly absorbed, then increase the speed until fully incorporated.

5 Chill the dough: Chill in the fridge for at least one hour or overnight.

6 Shape the cookies: Pinch off a lump of dough. Roll it between the palms of your hands to form a ball roughly 1 1/2 inches in diameter, about the size of a pingpong ball. Roll the dough in the granulated white sugar and place on the baking sheet. Repeat, spacing the cookies about 2 inches apart.

7 Press the cookies into disks: Use the flat bottom of a glass to press down and form thick disks about 2 inches wide. Sprinkle some extra sugar on each disk

8 Bake the cookies: Bake at 375°F (190°C) 11 to 13 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies are starting to turn golden brown. Let cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet before moving cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days at room temperature.

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