Chewy Sugar Cookies

You can also roll the cookies in the sugar sprinkles before baking.

Total Time:
30 min
20 min
10 min

4 dozen cookies


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in dry ingredients. Add enough of the buttermilk to moisten the dough and make it soft, not wet.

Roll rounded teaspoons of dough into balls and place on a ungreased cookie sheet. With a brush or fingers, moisten the top of each cookie with the remaining buttermilk and slightly flatten the top of each cookie. Sprinkle with raw sugar or colored sprinkles.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until slightly golden. Let stand for 2 minutes before removing to cool on a rack.

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    Didn't care for it. It was as if there was too much baking powder and soda. It ruined the taste.
    I asked for chewy, and that's exactly what I got with this recipe. Finally, a sugar cookie I can dream about and make a reality in my own kitchen.
    I agree with everyone else. Followed the directions and the cookies were a hit! I will keep this recipe in my file for future use.
    I like the texture a lot. Found the flavor quite flat. Needs a little salt. As I learned from the Food Network ;) all sweets need a little salt. Will definitely make again with a quarter or half teaspoon of salt.
    awesome! best sugar cookie i've ever made!! whoever didn't like them must have done something very wrong! they obviously have 5 stars for a reason. great recipe!
    Easy and good! Cookie was slightly crispy around the edges and perfectly chewy in the center.
    Perfectly delicious! My boo is a huge fan of sugar cookies and recently, I decided to go beyond the box cookies and restaurants and make everything from scratch! I am so pleased with the results. I made buttermilk using a 1 teaspoon of lemon juice (white vinegar if you have that) and mixing that with 1 cup of milk. Let this sit for 5-10 mins. The vanilla extract added a sweet surprise and I could not even taste the lemon juice from the buttermilk :) If you love sugar cookies and have simple ingredients at the crib, I suggest making your own! It feels good to be an adult! :)
    This recipe is seriously FOOL PROOF!! I had a random sweet tooth and my pantry was pretty low-stocked, but I figured I could still give this recipe a shot. Substitutions-galore later, these came out great!! I only had one stick of butter so I used another 3/4 stick of margarine (that's all the margarine I had left) and another 1/4 cup of olive oil... didn't have baking soda so I substituted it with baking powder (which has been sitting in my pantry for who knows how long!) and used regular milk because I didn't have buttermilk... I usually don't cook/bake with substitutions, so I'm pleasantly surprised!!!
    was nervous about the buttermilk but they came out great! Chewy and buttery!
    These cookies are so easy and delicious. So flavorful and chewy. Best sugar cookies. I portion them out and let them chill in freezer before I bake them. Followed recipe to the T! Perfect and I added all 4T of buttermilk. used a cookie scooper to portion out on cookie sheets, and then chilled them about 10min in freezer. before baking.
    super easy and delicious!!
    If you rave about this recipe then your sugar cookie expectations are low. This was not my first rodeo, I've been baking for years. The cookies are not tasty and flavorful and definitely not moist and chewy. Nobody went back for a second cookie. It was a waste of time, money and ingredients. It might be a back up recipe but not my first choice.
    If you are giving a bad review on these cookies, then you just aren't making them right!This is a great sugar cookie recipe, first to go on the xmas table this year!
    This recipe is awesome and delicious. The dough freezes well and they cook up perfectly. If you're a sugar cookie lover, this is the recipe for you. I followed the recipe including the buttermilk and wouldn't change a thing. Oh I did add a pinch of salt.
    Not impressed. I made no changes or substitution (I did make my own buttermilk though), and these came out ultra flat and tough, instead of chewy. Hoped for better with the 2nd half of the dough, and lowered the baking time. Tossed them. Even my toddler won't eat them :(
    I like the ease of this recipe and I followed it except replaced 3 TBSP of Half and Half since I didn't have buttermilk but my cookies were hard and tough. Not sure what I did wrong but I don't know what to do with the rest half of my batter now. Will not be making these again sadly :(
    These were very easy to mix and didn't stick to my hands as I rolled all the little balls. After flattening them slightly, I was a little concerned at how small they were, but they grow nicely in the oven. I made this recipe according to the recipe and they were a big hit among the grandkids and big people alike. The grandkids had fun sprinkling the sugars on. Thanks for a great and easy recipe. :)
    These are wonderful! Very soft and chewy and very easy to make. I did not have any buttermilk, so I used Greek yogurt instead. Great recipe. Definitely a keeper!
    We made these on the spur of the moment Thanksgiving evening. We substituted skim milk and the cookies tasted fantastic.
    They turned out great! We did not have buttermilk, but used the old standby of milk with vinegar (wait 5 minutes, you have buttermilk). I dipped the bottom of the cup in colored sugar, then pressed into the cookie. Turned out great!
    Instead of using milk to soften the dough, I used 2 tsp of sour cream and it wasn't wet, like described in prior reviews. Added cranberries & white chocolate chips. Omitted the milk on top at the very end as well. Used parchment paper to bake cookies on, for the sake of cleaning. These cookies were rich & decadent; sure to impress even the most experience bakers.
    These were very tasty. I made them for Halloween using a cookie mold sheet. They were very chewy and soft. The dough can be a little wet so you would have to add more flour if you were rolling out. Overall a pretty great recipe.
    These cookies are bland and leave a heavy butter after taste. Yuk.
    doe is to wet had to add more flour to roll slightly for cookie cutters, flavor was good.
    Absolutely delicious
    I made those almost to recipie with the exception of using whole milk instead of buttermilk cause I didn't have it. These cookies turned out AMAZING. they're seriously the best home made sugar cookies I've ever tasted. 5 stars for sure!!!
    I added 1/4 cup white sugar and 1 tsp vanilla to the recipe and they were AMAZING! My kids couldn't keep their hands off them! I used a cupcake scoop and rolled 2 scoops into a ball, flattened it a little, used the buttermilk on top, with sprinkles and baked for 10-12 min. They are crispy around the edges and soft and chewy in the middle. PERFECT!
    These were very bland, and I don't even like super sugary sugar cookies. I liked the texture but they were lacking any real flavor. I didn't have buttermilk so I used regular milk, but I think there was just not enough sugar in this recipe.
    These did not taste like sugar cookies. If this had been a cornbread or buttermilk biscuit recipe it would have been great but these were lacking sweetness. Next times will add a teaspoon of salt and maybe a cup of extra sugar.
    They were just ok, not great. I didnt do anything wrong, followed the recipe to a "T" but they lacked flavor. I have been baking for 15 years and I make many cookie recipes. This just wasnt that great. I enjoy Pillsbury Sugar Cookies the blue package with the dough already rolled. So maybe its just a preference but didnt find anything special about this cookie. Texture was chewy and baked perfect, just didnt have any flavor. BHG Sour Cream Sugar Cookie Recipe is way better than this recipe
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