These soft and chewy sugar cookies are so easy and so delicious, you may never want to go to the work of rolling and cutting out sugar cookies again!

I love a good traditional, cutout sugar cookie. I really do. And I think there’s definitely a time and a place for old-fashioned, use-a-rolling-pin-and-cookie-cutter sugar cookies. Would you agree?

Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies with Valentine's sprinkles

Just as a quick review, here are a few of my favorite cutout sugar cookie recipes, 

My Favorite Sugar Cookie Recipe

White Velvet Sugar Cookies

Soft Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

A stack of sugar cookies with the top one with a bite taken out.

Chewy Drop Sugar Cookies

But we’re actually not here to talk about traditional sugar cookies today. No, no. Instead, we’re talking about the most delicious, EASY, chewy sugar cookies in the whole world. They are buttery and soft. Sugary and crackly.

They are so, so amazing.

Sugar cookie balls coated with sprinkles on a cookie sheet.

Dress Them Up With Sprinkles

As much as I lean toward chocolate-in-all-things, sugar cookies (a really good sugar cookie) will always be my undoing.

And having a perfectly chewy sugar cookie recipe at my fingertips to make when the sugar cookie craving hits without having to refrigerate dough, pull out the rolling pin, wash the nooks and crannies of cookie cutters…well, it feels amazing.

These soft sugar cookies are wonderful baked up plain and simple. But you can dress them up for a myriad of holidays by rolling the sugar cookie dough in sprinkles before baking.

Sugar cookies stacked on top of each other with a few covered in sprinkles.

So if you still need a holiday treat (or somehow found yourself promising kids in your life homemade sugar cookies), these babies may do the trick!

I can’t tell you the number of times these soft and chewy drop sugar cookies have saved me when a sugar cookie craving hits (that happens more often than I like to admit) or when I’ve needed a fast, quick, delicious cookie to save the day.

They are reminiscent of the crackly, thin, chewy sugar cookies from Subway…ever had those? But I can promise this homemade version is about a million times better.

Top view of a stack of sugar cookies.

One Year Ago: White Velvet Sugar Cookies
Two Years Ago: Winter Minestrone Soup with Garlic Bruschetta
Three Years Ago: Curried Lentil and Sausage Soup with Toasted Almonds
Four Years Ago: No-Bake Berry Yogurt Cheesecakes
Five Years Ago: Nutella and Strawberry Stuffed French Toast

Soft and Chewy Drop Sugar Cookies {with Valentine's sprinkles}

Soft and Chewy Drop Sugar Cookies

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  • 1 cup (227 g) salted butter, softened to cool room temperature
  • 1 ⅓ cups (283 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups (355 g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Additional granulated sugar or sprinkles, for rolling


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (see note). Line two large, rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper and lightly grease with cooking spray.
  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a large bowl with a handheld electric mixer, cream together the butter and granulated sugar until lightly and fluffy, 3-4 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Add the egg and vanilla and mix again for 1-2 minutes until the batter lightens in color. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until combined.
  • Scoop the cookie dough into rounded balls (about 2 tablespoons in size; I use my #40 cookie scoop), roll in granulated sugar or sprinkles and place on the prepared baking sheets a couple inches apart (about 12 cookies per baking sheet).
  • Bake for 11-13 minutes until slightly crackly on top (but not much color around the edges or bottom to keep them soft and chewy).
  • Let the cookies cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet before removing to a cooling rack to cool completely.


Cookies Spreading: if the cookies spread and flatten too much while baking, try increasing the baking temperature to 375 degrees F or use convection bake (if you have that function on your oven – see my Instagram experiment here to come to this conclusion).
Serving: 1 Cookie, Calories: 108kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 18mg, Sodium: 100mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 7g
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A sugar cookie with Valentine's sprinkles.