Chewy Sugar Cookie Recipe

Did you know? Today is National Sugar Cookie Day!  If you have a hankering for a chewy cookie with a cool glass of milk,  today is the perfect day to make a batch! Sugar cookies are a great home baked good to share with friends, family, coworkers and neighbors.

Let’s celebrate together by making a classic chewy sugar cookie recipe.  Decorated or plain, these cookies are sure to please!

What you will need:

  • 2 1/4 cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups  sugar, plus 1/3 cup for rolling
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, cut into 8 pieces
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or baking mat. Whisk four, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.

Place 1 1/2 cups sugar and cream cheese in a large bowl. Place remaining 1/2 cup sugar in a shallow dish or pie plate and set aside. Pour butter over sugar and cream cheese and whisk to combine (some small lumps of cream cheese will remain but will smooth out later). Whisk in oil until incorporated. Add egg, milk and vanilla; continue to whisk until smooth. Add flour mixture and mix with rubber spatula until soft, homogeneous dough forms.

Divide dough into 24 equal pieces, about 2 tablespoons each. Using hands, roll dough into balls. Working in batches, roll balls in reserved sugar to coat and evenly space on prepared baking sheets, 12 dough balls per sheet. Using bottom of a drinking glass, flatten dough balls until 2 inches in diameter. Sprinkle tops evenly with sugar remaining in the shallow dish.

Bake, 1 tray at a time, until edges are set and just beginning to brown, 11-13 minutes, rotating tray after 7 minutes. Let cookies cool on sheets for 5 minutes. Using metal spatula, transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool to room temperature before serving.

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