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Overhead view of Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies on a grey baking sheet.

Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies

  • Author: Julie
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 14
  • Total Time: 44 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1/2 dozen 1x



  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar, for rolling


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cream of tartar.  Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar together on medium speed until pale and fluffy.  Add egg yolks one at a time and mix.  Add vanilla and almond extracts and mix until incorporated.
  4. Mixing on low speed, add the flour mixture slowly, and mix until a dough forms.  Do not overmix.  Use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides and mix by hand.
  5. Scoop the dough into one-inch balls (I use a #50 scoop) and roll in sugar.  Place on a baking sheet, evenly spaced apart (12 per sheet) and bake for 12-14 minutes.
  6. Allow the cookies to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a cooling rack.  Store in an airtight container at room temperature.


This recipe is adapted from Deliciously Sprinkled’s Soft Sugar Cookies.  


  • Serving Size: 1 Cookie
  • Calories: 137
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Sodium: 115mg
  • Fat: 6.7g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.1g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2.1g
  • Trans Fat: 0.3g
  • Carbohydrates: 18g
  • Fiber: 0.3g
  • Protein: 1.4g
  • Cholesterol: 35mg