My New Favorite Sugar Cookies

I love trying new sugar cookie recipes, but for the past few weeks I’ve been making the same one over and over again. Normally I prefer crunchy sugar cookies, but these cookies are a chewy exception! A mixture of cream cheese, oil and butter gives them a non-cakey, crispy-edged texture plus an interesting flavor. Chewy Sugar Cookies To make a good cookie even better, I’ve been swapping out a little of the vanilla for McCormick Imitation Vanilla & Butter Nut extract. It gives the cookies a bit of a yellow tint and adds a flavor people can’t quite pinpoint. Unfortunately, the special McCormick extract is not so easy to find in the grocery store and you might have to special order it.  Or just leave it out.  The cookies are still great when made with the two teaspoons of vanilla as called for. Big Chewy Sugar Cookies The original version of this recipe is from America’s Test Kitchen and you can find it in this video (you do have to register). America’s Test Kitchen makes them as normal size cookies, but I’ve been making them as gigantic 4 oz cookies and wrapping them individually.

My New Favorite Sugar Cookies
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This is my favorite chewy sugar cookie. My friends say they taste like the cookies from Potbelly when I use McCormick Vanilla, Butter & Nut Extract
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 24
  • 2 1/4 cups (11 1/4 oz) all-purpose flour (I used unbleached)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder, Rumford is my favorite
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups (10 1/2 oz) granulated sugar
  • 2 oz cream cheese, cut into about 8 pieces
  • 6 tablespoons of butter
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil, canola or flavorless
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon of whole milk (I have forgotten this on occasion)
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons of good vanilla extract
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of McCormick vanilla & butternut extract or Watkins Vanilla Nut (or another brand if you know of one)
  • Extra sugar for putting on top OR colored sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat.
  3. Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt together and set aside.
  4. Put the 1 1/2 cups sugar and the cream cheese in large mixing bowl. Melt the butter in the microwave and pour the warm melted butter over sugar and cream cheese, then whisk to combine. Don’t worry about stray lumps of cream cheese (though I haven’t had any). Whisk in oil until well incorporated. Then add the egg, milk, vanilla and butternut extract. Whisk until smooth. Add flour mixture and mix until combined.
  5. Using a slightly heaping tablespoon, roll dough onto about 24 balls. Arrange balls 2 1/2 inches apart on the baking sheets. Using the bottom of a 1/4 cup measure, press down slightly — not too much, just enough to flatten the top somewhat.
  6. Sprinkle regular or colored sugar over the cookies and bake one sheet at a time for 11-13 minutes or until edges just start to brown (turn the sheet around halfway through baking). Let them cool on the cookie sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.


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  1. Darlene says

    Thanks for the tip to watch the video – it was really interesting how they have figured out the perfect combination of butter, oil, and cream cheese to produce the chewy texture. I love a chewy center with a crisp edge & will definitely give these a try!

  2. says

    I’ll need to check out that video. I’ve never heard of cream cheese in a sugar cookie, but I’d give it a try ! I love cream cheese.

  3. says

    I really thought the cream cheese would make them cakey, but the small amount combined with the oil and butter really does make them chewy.

  4. Karen Schmidt-Dill says

    The America’s Test Kitchen will not let me open the video for the sugar cookies. I don’t like the crispy kind so am looking forward to trying these more chewy ones.

  5. says

    I have been seeing attractive pumpkin shaped sugar cookies in stores, coffee shops etc. I’ve really been wanting one but would rather have a home made one. I think this cookie with orange sprinkles would satisfy that craving!

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