These Chewy Sugar Cookies have the most amazing soft yet chewy texture. A little cream cheese in the dough gives them the most incredible flavor.
Can you believe that Christmas is only 6 days away? I have a lot of baking to do this weekend, and I’m quite excited about it. I love Christmas baking. Bring on the cookies! There are so many amazing recipes that I want to try, it is really hard to narrow it down to just a few. But each year I know that sugar cookies will be on the baking list in one form or another, and this year Chewy Sugar Cookies were at the top of the list.
I’m a big fan of sugar cookies around Christmas. I don’t know why, but there is just something about them that reminds me of Christmas and being at home with my family. And there are so many great varieties – spritz cookies, cut-out cookies, sables (like the ones I made the other day). This recipe is for a classic chewy sugar cookie – the kind that you would might find at your favorite local bakery as a kid. Or if you’re from St. Louis, the kind that you would get at Schnucks market while your mom was grocery shopping. They are soft and chewy and just amazing. Plus you can decorate them with colored sugar, making them so pretty and festive!
There is a secret ingredient in here. I’ll give you a hint – I used it in these chocolate chip cookies….it is cream cheese! It makes these cookies so rich. A combo of butter and oil keeps them nice and chewy. The geniuses at America’s Test Kitchen come up with the most amazing recipes – I never would have thought to use butter, oil, AND cream cheese in a cookie. But I’m glad I tried it, because these taste amazing, and have literally the perfect texture.
Every year I make cut out sugar cookies decorated with icing, usually with my mom and sisters if I’m in St. Louis for Christmas. I have been doing it for years and they are always so cute and so tasty. But man are they a lot of work! Make the dough, chill the dough, roll out the dough, cut out the cookies, bake the cookies, chill the cookies, make the icing, ice the cookies, clean it alllll up. Phew. I’m tired just typing that all out! So I’m taking the year off from those cookies. They’ll be back next year for the blog! But this year, I’m happy with these cute and easy sugar cookies. They taste delicious, have the perfect texture, and come together so quickly. Perfect for Christmas!
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