Four chewy sugar cookies on a cutting board

The Best Chewy Sugar Cookies

Tender chewy sugar cookies, soft and puffy, scented with an intriguing blend of citrus and vanilla. Perfect for sharing and special occasions!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword sugar cookie
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 24 or so cookies
Calories 110kcal
Author Karen Gibson


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon Fiori di Sicilia
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup coarse sugar , for coating


  • Preheat the oven to 375┬░Lightly grease (or line with parchment papetwo baking sheets.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter, granulated and brown sugars, corn syrup, vanilla, Fiori di Sicilia nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda, salt and egg. Stir in the flour.
  • Place the coarse sugar in a shallow dish. Drop the dough by the tablespoonful into the sugar, rolling the balls to coat them. Place them on the prepared baking sheets two inches apart.
  • Bake the cookies for 10 minutes, until the edges are just barely beginning to brown; they'll look soft. If you bake these cookies too long, they'll be crunchy, not chewy. Remove them from the oven and cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


Serving size is one 3" cookie.


Calories: 110kcal