Chewy Sugar Cookies

This version of the sugar cookie has a slightly crispy edge and a super chewy center--thanks to increasing the sugar and baking at a higher[ temperature. Roll the cookies in colored sugar instead of granulated for a sparkly upgrade.]

Total Time:
1 hr 35 min
Prep:
25 min
Inactive:
40 min
Cook:
30 min

Yield:
about 30 cookies
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, plus more for rolling
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
Directions
  • Position oven racks in the top and bottom thirds of the oven and preheat to 375 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  • Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl.

  • Beat the sugar and butter with an electric mixer on medium-high speed in a large bowl until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add the vanilla and egg and beat to incorporate. Add the flour mixture in 2 batches and beat on medium-low speed until incorporated.

  • Put some sugar in a small bowl. Scoop heaping tablespoonfuls of the batter, roll them into balls and coat in the sugar. Arrange the balls on the prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart. (There will be additional batter for a second batch.)

  • Bake until the bottoms and edges are barely golden brown, 12 to 14 minutes. Let the cookies cool for a few minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely. When the baking sheets are cool, repeat with the remaining batter. The cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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Cook's Note: When measuring flour, we spoon it into a dry measuring cup and level off the excess. (Scooping directly from the bag compacts the flour, resulting in dry baked goods.)


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