Chewy Sugar Cookies


This chewy sugar cookie recipe makes delicious cookies that are crisp on the outside and very chewy on the inside. Just the way I like them! These cookies are meant to be shaped or dropped. This recipe can easily be made into snickerdoodle cookies by rolling the dough in cinnamon sugar before baking.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
30 cookies


  • 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 1 ¼ cups margarine

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • ¼ cup white sugar for decoration


  1. Stir flour, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl.

  2. Beat sugar and margarine together with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth. Beat first egg into mixture. Beat second egg into mixture along with vanilla extract; add flour mixture and stir until dough is just combined.

  3. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  5. Roll dough into walnut-sized balls; roll in 1/4 cup of sugar. Place cookies 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets and flatten slightly.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned at the edges, about 8 to 10 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on the cookie sheets for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

    close up view of a stack of Chewy Sugar Cookies on a white plate
    Melissa Goff


Substituting butter in this recipe definitely adds a nice flavor.

I also sometimes add almond extract for a different flavor.

Editor's Note:

The magazine version of this recipe uses butter instead of margarine.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

172 Calories
8g Fat
24g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 30
Calories 172
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 173mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 2g
Calcium 7mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 21mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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