Easy Sugar Cookies

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Everyone needs an Easy Sugar Cookies that’s quick to prepare. You can top these sugar cookies with a vanilla frosting, or roll them in sugar or sprinkles. They’re buttery, dense and chewy in the middle. Drop sugar cookies are perfect when you don’t feel like going through all the hassle to make cut out cookies. 

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This Easy Sugar Cookie recipe has been a go-to of mine ever since I first made the recipe. It originally came from my husband’s family.

It started out as a Perfect Soft and Chewy Snickerdoodle cookie. But since then, I’ve made nearly a dozen variations of the recipe. I call it my Master Soft and Chewy Cookie recipe.

My friends rave about this recipe.

  • This sugar cookie recipe is versatile
  • It’s quick to prepare
  • It can be topped with frosting or rolled in sugar or sprinkles. My favorite variation is to use the colored sanding sugar. You can make them festive for just about any holiday.

A red berry basket with gold polka dot tissue is filled with sugar cookies rolled in red sanding sugar

Sometime there isn’t time for cut out sugar cookies. I get it. My recipe for the Best Sugar Cookies that I use for cut out cookies is quite different than this recipe. It more light and pillowy and much less sweet.

These cookies are buttery, dense and chewy in the middle. The secret is to leave them slightly under baked in the middle while letting the edges get a little crispy.

For this recipe, you will need to allot an hour of time for the dough to refrigerate prior to baking. But it’s also a great dough to prepare in advance and bake as needed. I’ve included additional tips below.

A vintage silver plate with drop sugar cookies on it

Tips for how to make these Easy Sugar Cookies

  • I start with cold butter because I often forget to take to out earlier. I like to slice it into 1 tablespoon size cubes. It takes longer to soften in the mixer, but if the butter is too warm, it makes the cookies spread too much.
  • Beat the butter and sugar until its very light and fluffy, at least 2-3 minutes. Since you’re starting with cold butter is will resemble a sand like texture.
  • Slowly add your dry ingredients to allow it to properly mix into the dough
  • Pre-scoop the dough prior to refrigerating.
  • If you don’t want to add frosting, roll them in granulated sugar, sanding sugar or sprinkle prior to refrigerating the dough. 
  • If topping these with frosting, do not roll them in anything.
  • I also choose to use a large cookie scoop (about 3 tablespoons) because I like a big cookie. This will yield about 24 cookies per recipe. If you use a medium sized cookie scoop, you’ll get closer to 36 cookies.
  • Refrigerate the dough for a minimum of 45-60 minutes. If longer than 1 hour, allow the dough to sit for 10-15 minutes prior to placing in the oven.
  • Prepare the dough ahead of time and leave it in the refrigerator or freezer if needed.
  • You’ll definitely want to bake the cookies on a Silpat or some other type of silicone baking sheet. This helps prevent the bottom from burning and the added layer also helps the cookies from spreading.
  • Finished cookies can be frozen if stored in an airtight container.

A stack of easy sugar cookies and the cookie on top has a bite taken out it

3 Easy ways to decorate these Sugar Cookies

  • If you’d like to add frosting, you can make a batch of my perfect vanilla frosting. Or you can flavor the frosting with different extracts for fruit zest. A simple 1M piping tip can be used to make a rose, and then add some colorful sprinkles to really dress them up. 
  • Roll them in granulated sugar for a simple but elegant cookie
  • Roll them in sanding sugar or sprinkles for a holiday look and feel 

A close up shot of a sugar cookie decorated with a pink rose and pretty sprinkles

Do I have to refrigerate the cookie dough?

Yes. This is necessary evil, there’s no way around it.  Refrigerating the dough allows time for the butter to solidify again, which in turns, prevent the cookies from baking like flat pancakes.

I’ve found that 30 minutes really isn’t enough. You need at least 45-60 minutes of chill time. This is the perfect cookie to prepare the night before because you can absolutely refrigerate overnight and bake the next day.

If your dough has been in the refrigerator for longer than 2 hours, allow them to sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before baking.

A sugar cookie rolled in red sprinkles leaning up against a red berry basket.

What can be used as a substitute for cream of tartar?

From what I’ve read, there isn’t a great substitute. Cream of tartar is what helps make a soft and chewy, tangy cookie because the cream of tartar prevents the sugar from crystalizing. I’ve read that you can use lemon juice or white vinegar, but I have not tried it myself. It’s just something I always keep on hand because I use this base recipe quite often.

If you’d like to learn more about cream of tartar, I found this article from All Recipes to be helpful.

A cookie rolled in sugar with a bite taken out of is leaning up a stack of cookies

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A gorgeous sugar cookie decorated with a 1M pink rose with gorgeous sprinkles

Easy Sugar Cookies

  • Author: Beyond Frosting
  • Prep Time: 75 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Yield: 24 Cookies

Description

Everyone needs an Easy Sugar Cookies that’s quick to prepare. You can top these sugar cookies with a vanilla frosting, or roll them in sugar or sprinkles. They’re buttery, dense and chewy in the middle. Drop sugar cookies are perfect when you don’t feel like going through all the hassle to make cut out cookies. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups (380g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups (420g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon (2g) baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon (2g) cream of tartar
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.2g) salt (optional- need notes)

Instructions

  1. Soften the butter in the microwave for 10-12 seconds. Combine the butter with the sugar and beat on medium speed until well creamed together.
  2. Add the eggs and vanilla extract. Mix into the butter and sugar until the eggs are well beaten.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Slowly add into batter and beat on medium low speed until well combined and dough forms.
  4. Use a large cookie scoop and scoop cookie dough onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Refrigerate the dough for a minimum of 1 hour.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350° F.  Place the dough about 2 inches apart, and let sit at room temperature for 10 minutes prior to baking.
  6. Bake at 350° F 10-12 minutes. Allow cookie to cool on the baking sheet for several minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely

Notes

  • Serve these rolled in granulated sugar
  • Serve these rolled in sanding sugar or sprinkles
  • Top these with Perfect Vanilla Frosting
  • These are decorated with Sweetapolita sprinkles.
  • Do not skip the chill time, otherwise your cookies with be very flat
  • The original recipe did not call for salt, however some people think that a little bit of salt helps cut the sweetness, so it’s listed as optional. It’s not a required ingredient.
  • Disclaimer: nutritional facts are estimated and does not include any additional candy, sprinkles or frosting. If needed, final nutritional information should be calculated based off the actual ingredients you use.
Nutrition Information:
1 cookies
196
8.2g
57.9mg
8.2g
4.9g
28.7g
.4g
2.2g
35.8mg
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Sugar cookies, Sugar Cookie Recipe, Chewy Sugar Cookies, Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies, Easy Sugar Cookies

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  1. Ann

    It looks so beautiful and spectacular! Such a dessert on the table is like a cherry on the cake. Be sure to keep this post to make this easy sugar cookies right today. Thank you for the idea! I am a frequent guest on your blog and I always find something new and creative here. The list of other recipes for cookies is perfect too. And now I am also interested in bakung White Chocolate Cranberry Orange Cookies.

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