The Sugar Cookie Recipe That Won Contests, Changed Lives


Mrslarkin’s Chewy Sugar Cookie #2, winner of Your Best Chewy Sugar Cookie back in 2010, is now, nearly 10 years later, our most popular sugar cookie recipe ever. In celebration of the holidays (and sugar cookie season!), we reached out to mrslarkin to learn more about her contest-winning recipe and how she came up with it.


I created this recipe when the chewy sugar cookie contest was announced back in 2010. After a bunch of test-baking—different sugars, different temperatures—I landed on the perfect cookie: It’s not too sweet, it’s got the perfect crunchy-to-chewy ratio, and it’s sparkly (thanks to the turbinado sugar coating).

Stella Parks’ Secret

Over the years I’ve been adding a teeny, tiny bit of nutmeg to my sugar cookies (and chocolate chip cookies), after Stella Parks said it enhances the butteriness in them. It really does! You should try it—or anything Stella Parks tells you to do, really. She’s amazing.

Megacookie

I’ve also supersized this cookie before. I weigh out a three-ounce ball of dough, roll it in sugar, and bake for about 16 minutes at 350°F. It’s a whole lotta cookie, as big as your FACE!

Community Variations

Almost a decade later, I still love to read the comments on this recipe. There are so many good ideas! Someone adds lemon zest. Another adds coconut extract and shredded coconut. A few people increase the flour and use it as a roll-and-cut cookie. Another adds jam to the tops, a little like thumbprint cookies.

That actually gave me the idea today when I overbaked a tray of these last night! After sulking about it overnight, I tried making a sandwich cookie with raspberry jam. It was really good.

All this to say, this sugar cookie is totally riffable and a great base recipe for whatever you’re celebrating this holiday season.

Happy baking,
mrslarkin

aka Scone Lady

Chewy Sugar Cookies #2

Chewy Sugar Cookies #2

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Ingredients

1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour (I use King Arthur)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup turbinado, or coarse, sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour (I use King Arthur)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup turbinado, or coarse, sugar


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