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Soft & Chewy Sugar Cookies

Soft and chewy sugar cookies with a cream cheese frosting
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chewy sugar cookies
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 36 minutes
Servings 28 cookies
Calories 221 kcal
Author Chelsea

Ingredients

  • 16 tablespoons (1 cup) unsalted butter, 80% the way melted
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 1/2 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 2 and 3/4 cups all-purpose white flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Optional Sugar Coating

  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup coarse white sugar crystals

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 ounces full fat cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or use 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract)
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Rainbow Sprinkles!

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl add the 80% melted butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Whisk together until smooth. Add in 1 whole egg and 1 egg yolk (reserve the whites for a separate recipe or discard), vanilla extract, and almond extract. Whisk until just combined and smooth.

  2. In another bowl, stir together the flour, salt, and baking soda. 

  3. Add all of the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until JUST combined. Do not overmix the dough. Cover tightly and place in the fridge for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  4. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. (If you have a convection oven, do 325 degrees F at convection bake). In a small bowl stir together the white sugar and coarse white sugar crystals (optional but makes for a delicious cookie!).

  5. Remove the dough and roll tall balls of dough (see the 2nd photo in the post). If you have a kitchen scale, the balls of dough should be about 1.7 ounces. Roll the balls of dough generously into the coarse white sugar crystal mixture. Place the balls of dough in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to firm up again (keeps them from spreading too much; you want the dough going into the oven as cold as possible.)

  6. Place dough balls on a parchment or silpat lined sheet pan and bake for 9-11 minutes. Watch carefully being sure to not over-bake. Slightly under-baked sugar cookies are the BEST! Remove and let stand on cookie sheet for 2 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.

  7. Meanwhile prepare the frosting. In a large bowl, beat together the room temperature butter and cream cheese until completely smooth. Add in the vanilla and salt. Beat to combine. Add in the powdered sugar and then beat until the frosting is smooth (it will seem like you need more liquid, but just keep beating, it will come together!)

  8. Frost each cooled cookie with frosting and add with your favorite sprinkles. Enjoy! Store any leftover cookies in an airtight container in the fridge.

Recipe Notes

Total time does not include mandatory chilling time.