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Chewy Sugar Cookies

Yield: Yields about 2 dozen cookies


  • 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbs. granulated sugar
  • 4 oz. (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened but not meltingly soft
  • 1 oz. (2 Tbs.) vegetable shortening, preferably trans fat free, softened
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbs. light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 drops almond extract (optional)
  • 9-1/2 oz. (2 cups plus 2 Tbs.) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • White or colored (coarse) sanding sugar for rolling (optional)

Nutritional Information

      Calories (kcal) : 120
      Fat Calories (kcal): 45
      Fat (g): 5
      Saturated Fat (g): 3
      Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0
      Monounsaturated Fat (g): 1.5
      Cholesterol (mg): 20
      Sodium (mg): 70
      Carbohydrates (g): 17
      Fiber (g): 0
      Protein (g): 1


  • Position a rack in the upper third of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the sugar, butter, shortening, and salt on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the egg, corn syrup, vanilla, and almond extract (if using) and mix on low speed ( just to combine); then beat at medium speed for a total of 1 minute.

    In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and baking soda to combine; then add to the mixer. Mix on low speed for 30 seconds, just to combine. Scrape down the bowl and then mix on medium-low speed for another 30 seconds to mix the dough uniformly.

    Gently roll the dough into 1-oz. balls (about 1 heaping Tbs. each). Roll the balls in sanding sugar (if using). Arrange at least 21/4 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake one sheet at a time until the edges are golden and the tops are cracked but not completely set, 13 to 15 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the sheet for at least 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.


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  • beatamack | 08/14/2012

    I have made these a few times, and they are absolutely delicious!!I prefer the chewy version, and not the crispy crunchy one. They're really easy to make. These cookies are great. I will continue making them!

  • swpotts | 09/09/2011

    I did not like these! I made one change - I didn't have crisco - and maybe that made the difference, but I thought these were too sweet and not pretty enough to serve to guests. My husband loves cookies but I know these won't tempt him...

  • Christene | 05/17/2011

    I made these for a fundraiser and they are amazing! They melt in your mouth. I've been making these and the Crunchy Sugar Cookies (also here on Fine Cooking) and can't decide which I like better; both are fantastic! I reserved a small plate for my husband and kids and they are getting rave reviews. I told the 10 year old that they were going to be sold at a bake sale and he asked if he could buy them! =) I have to agree with him that these may be the best cookies I've ever made.

  • panettone | 02/19/2011

    These were easy and good. I did not roll them in sugar before baking and they were plenty sweet, In fact next time I would probably use 3/4 c. sugar and not add the extra 2 tablespoons.

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