The Easiest Chewy Butter Cookies

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The vast majority of people usually enjoy a sweet and simple butter cookie (sugar cookie). However, not everyone likes cookies the same way. There’s generally a big split: those who like them crunchy and those who love them chewy.

You could divide the world into these two kinds of people. I’m 100% team chewy. For me, a good cookie must be soft to be enjoyable.  But there is the dark side of people that like to feel pain in their teeth in every bite, and that’s perfectly OK.



In case you didn’t know, there are three major factors that determine the crunchiness or chewiness of your cookies. Once you know these rules your cookie game will be on another level. I promise it.

  1. The sugar: You can use either brown sugar —preferably packed— or white granulated sugar.  If you use white sugar you will get crunchier cookies, but brown sugar will give you softer cookies.  I usually use a mix of both, but if I want chewy cookies I will use double the amount of brown sugar than white sugar. You can apply this logic in the opposite way for a crunchier result.
  2. The eggs: The yolk will give you a softer result than the egg white. Usually, I use the whole egg for my cookies, but there are ingredients that are harder than others. For example, if I’m going to make oatmeal cookies — oats tends to give dryer results—, I will only use the yolk to make the final result chewy.
  3. The butter: Melted butter will give you chewy cookies and softened butter will make crunchier cookies.

These three golden rules will make you have a lot of control over the results that you are looking for your cookies. No more waiting for the best when you are baking cookies!

These chewy butter cookies are so perfect and simple that I warranty everybody will love them — except the crunchy cookies lovers, but what can we do?



The thing that I love the most about this recipe is how easy it is, and how delicious the result is. Cookie recipes can be so variant for one batch to another. So I was thrilled when I made the first batch of these beauties and the result was exactly as I wanted.

Another strength of this recipe is that you can make as many sugar cookies as you need and then save the rest of the dough for another day. The dough can be in the fridge for up to 5 days without any problems. The only thing you have to do is make the small balls and store them in a closed recipient. It is important that you make the shape before freezing it because the dough will get harder and it will be really difficult to shape the cookies.




I usually make a small batch (6-8 cookies) to help with my self-control. Then I save the rest and when I get the cookie craving I go to the freeze and bang! Butter Cookies in 10 minutes.

You can also add some extras: rainbow sprinkles, chocolate sprinkles or simply some granulated sugar.

I really hope you enjoy this simple recipe, and if you tried it out please let me know in the comments how was your experience with these beauties.


Butter cookies approved by Luna!

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Video Recipe

4.63 from 8 votes
The Easiest Chewy Butter Cookies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

The best recipe for chewy butter cookies

Course: Dessert
Keyword: butter cookies, sugar cookies
Servings: 20 Cookies
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated white sugar
  • ½ cup melted unsalted butter
  • 2 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ Tsp baking soda
  • ½ Tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC (365 ºF)
  2. Mix the flour, the baking soda, and the salt.
  3. In another bowl mix the white sugar, the brown sugar, the melted butter, the egg and the vanilla.
  4. Incorporate the flour slowly until the mix has a paste consistency.
  5. Make small balls and place them on a nonstick oven sheet and take it to the oven for 10 minutes.
  6. Once out, let them in the oven sheet for a couple minutes. Then transfer the cookies to a cooling rack.


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Lily - August 22, 2017

These butter cookies do look perfectly chewy. This recipe is definitely a must-try. Pinned for later!

    mb0793 - August 23, 2017

    I hope you enjoy these cookies 😉 Thank you for visiting!

Dorothy Regan - October 28, 2017

Very chewy and yummy! I was pleased with the easy recipe! Thanks!

    mb0793 - October 28, 2017

    I’m glad you like it. These butter cookies are my favorite!

Coop2408 - November 15, 2017

Perfect butter cookie recipe! I added some white chocolate chips – but this will definitely be a regular in my house. Melted butter recipes are perfect for when the baby is sleeping and I need a quick fix 🙂

    mb0793 - November 15, 2017

    As soon as I got these cookies to be exactly as I wanted they’ve become a regular in my house too 🙂 With chocolate chips are delicious too.

Lillian - November 23, 2018

Needed a good, easy cookie recipe to take to a friend. Baked these and they are absolutely delicious! Now on my list of cookies to bake for my annual cookie gifts for neighbours. Of course, some for my family too.

    mb0793 - November 23, 2018

    Hi Lillian!

    I’m so glad you like these cookies. Thank you for visiting my little blog.

    Happy Holidays for you and your family!

Brooks - January 14, 2019

I used 11/4 cup of sugar only (no brown sugar) and OMG the best buttery YUMMIE Sugar/Butter Cookies Ever.
Thank-you so much for your recipe!!!

    mb0793 - January 14, 2019

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe. I made a few batches for this Christmas season 🙂

Barbara McMillian - April 27, 2020

They are delicious! I just made them and my whole family loves them! Even my dad and he doesn’t like sweets. I love that it’s not a recipe that would take forever to prep or cook, or make to much batter! I will keep this in my recipe collection and just might make some for my students! (if they’re good…)

keira - September 2, 2020

simple and delicious!! will definitely be making these again

Vanessa - September 28, 2020

I’ve done a little adjustment on the recipe (I used brown sugar only and added slightly more salt) it comes out really great! Chewy, sweet and a lil’ salty taste. Love your easy recipe so much❤️

M. - December 23, 2020

Thank you for explaining the melted vs Soft butter and why to use the brown sugar vs white. Even those slight tweaks can make such a difference. I can’t wait to make these.

Milia - May 28, 2021

Delicious and easy! I dipped some in sprinkles before baking. They turned out so cute! Will make again.

Tom Whelan - August 13, 2021

Little too sweat for my liking, but when I used a little less sugar the second time, very solid 👌

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