Chewy Sugar Cookies {Pillsbury Copycat Recipe}

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 Soft, chewy sugar cookies that tastes just like Pillsbury. A quick under 30-minute cookie recipe with no refrigeration required. If you love sugar cookies, see all of our recipes here



Chewy Sugar Cookies

I have another yummy cookie to share with you today.  What makes this chewy sugar cookie recipe different from others I’ve posted recently is that these don’t have peanut butter or chocolate!  It’s an easy sugar cookie recipe. Nothing too complicated or different. Although it is a quick and easy recipe, it is one of the best sugar cookies I have ever had.  If you love Chewy Sugar Cookies and are looking for a new recipe to try, this is the one for you!


What makes these homemade sugar cookies stand out from the rest?

  • They are chewy, buttery cookies with a hint of vanilla flavor.
  • You’ll most likely have all of these ingredients in your pantry.  That makes these cookies just the right ones to satisfy that sweet tooth craving!
  • They are brushed with buttermilk.  Don’t have buttermilk?  Add about ½ teaspoon of white vinegar to the 4 tablespoons of milk and let it sit for 3-5 minutes.  Voila…buttermilk!
  • There’s no need to refrigerate this dough. You can refrigerate it if you’d like, but the cookies that you see in these pictures did not have refrigerated dough. They flatten out perfectly, without spreading too much.

Pillsbury Copycat Sugar Cookies

Do you know those Pillsbury break-and-bake or roll cookie dough in the refrigerated section of the grocery store?  These easy sugar cookies are a Pillsbury copycat recipe to those classic cookies. They taste very similar, yet have a comforting homemade flavor.

This recipe made about 36 cookies.  Don’t let that fool you though into thinking it is a lot, though. We brought these cookies over to my grandma’s house one afternoon and that very night they were gone! (I’m mostly blaming this on my brother:))  We suggest a double recipe if you want any leftover for the next day. Because they really are the best sugar cookie recipe. 🙂


soft, chewy homemade sugar cookies with spinkles
soft, chewy homemade sugar cookies with spinkles

Chewy Sugar Cookies {Pillsbury Copycat Recipe}

4.60 from 206 votes
Soft, chewy sugar cookies that tastes just like Pillsbury. A quick under 30-minute cookie recipe with no refrigeration required. 
Servings 36 cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes


  • 1 cup salted butter room temperature, 8 ounces
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 300 grams
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 grams
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 358 grams
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda 6 grams
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 2 grams
  • 3-4 tablespoons buttermilk divided


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. 
  • Beat in the egg and vanilla. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. 
  • Gradually blend the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
  • Add just enough of the buttermilk to moisten the dough and make it soft, but not wet. We used 1 tablespoon.
  • Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Slightly flatten the top of each cookie with the bottom of a glass that you’ve dipped in sugar.
  • With a pastry brush, moisten the top of each cookie with the remaining buttermilk.
  • Sprinkle with colored sugar or colored sprinkles.
  • Bake for 8 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes on the baking sheets before removing to cool on a rack.
  • Store in an airtight container.



Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 79mg | Potassium: 20mg | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.5mg
Course Cookies
Cuisine American
Calories 115
Keyword christmas cookies, drop sugar cookies, easy sugar cookie recipe, sprinkle cookies

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7 years ago

Made this recipe, cookies did not turn out at all

3 years ago

Maybe I made them wrong but I followed all the instructions and the cookies didn’t taste any different than any other sugar cookie recipe I used, and they certainly didn’t taste like Pillsbury 🙁

5 years ago

5 stars
You nailed it! Absolutely perfect! I can’t stop eating them! I’m pregnant and this was just what I was craving, yuuuummmm!

5 years ago

These taste wonderful but mine didn’t flatten out ! I followed the recipe to the letter. I’d still make them again but I wished they’d have been flat and chewy.

1 year ago

I didn’t have buttermilk so I made it with vinegar and whole milk. It seemed crumbly so I added 2tbs of it instead of 1 and I added a little more after my dough sat around waiting for the first batch. I can’t say they remind me of Pillsbury Christmas cookies but this recipe does make a good cookie! I had cookie cutters and my 2 year old helped and even the thicker ones came out good, I had just had to adjust cooking time a little. Huge hit in the family, my brother in law ate most of them… Read more »

3 years ago

5 stars

3 years ago

Can the dough balls be frozen after brushing with buttermilk or should it be done just before baking?

3 years ago

You can just beat your egg in a bowl and add half of the beaten product to the recipe when having instead of eyeballing half a white and half a yolk.

8 months ago

5 stars
Are usually hate online recipes. But I’ve really been craving Pillsberry sugar cookies all through the holidays. Our grocery store was out, and the only alternative was some thing drenched in red dye. So I took a chance. These are legitimately the best cookies I’ve ever made, and hands-down better than the Pillsberry Inspiration. They’re chewy and soft with a little firmness to the bottom. Not too sweet and super easy to make. Everything I want in a cookie. Directions are spot on. Thank you so much for these.

9 months ago

5 stars
The best sugar cookies ever! They’re so close to the Pillsbury ones that I’d replace them with this recipe. They even had the Pillsbury texture, but they got crunchy and a bit harder the next day. Followed the recipe and didn’t change any measurements, used a little over 1 tablespoon of buttermilk. They’re DELICIOUS. So sugary.

1 year ago

5 stars
Fantastic! I make a double-batch at least once every two weeks (just double each item)…my husband literally drools over them. I have to use cooking oil instead of butter because of health issues, but doesn’t deter him one bit. I also think the addition of buttermilk sets the recipe above others (and also great to use if a little dry or to adhere sprinkles). Thank you for a great recipe!

2 years ago

Can you make these in a sheet pan as one big cookie?

2 years ago

4 stars
Cookies turned out great! We used all four table spoons of butter milk in the dough and brushed butter milk on top. We did not end up adding sugar on top and made our cookies a bit big so ended up leaving them in for 12 mins.

2 years ago

5 stars
Love, i ate them all in a week. 🙂

2 years ago

5 stars
I tried these cookies as a 12 y/o and they are so good my whole family loved them. Although it took 2 hours because I am so weak they are pretty easy I guess it is the mixing the dry and wet together that was hardest. But also I used brown sugar and they came out sooooooooo good. Try it with brown sugar it’s best.