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}

4.58 from 184 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

5 stars
These are THE sugar cookie. For years I’ve tried to find one that replicated the pillsbury to no avail. You did it. These are amazing. Thank you so much for making my cookie dreams come true. =D

7 years ago

Made this recipe, cookies did not turn out at all

6 years ago

Turned out perfect! Love these cookies 🙂

6 years ago

Love these cookies… They turned out awesome but can this recipe be used for cut out cookies? I tried the first time but the batter was still a bit too soft to use cookie cutters with… Any suggestions?

6 years ago

I love the recipe but they turned out kind of bitter

6 years ago

I’m currently 8 months pregnant and have been craving pillsbury suger cookies but non of the grocery stores here are currently carrieing them so I’m going to try these out today. Crossing fingers they get rid of this crazy craving.

6 years ago

Can the buttermilk be replaced with something else? We don’t like it. Thank you

5 years ago

5 stars
Really great sugar cookie! Still super chewy! I lived in the States and Canada until I was 18 and these really bring me back! I cut the sugar a little just because I don’t like it when cookies are too sweet. Roughly 250g of instead of 337g and they were still great! Will definitely makes these again 🙂

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.

5 years ago

5 stars
Perfect !! Thank you for a quick delicious sugar cookie. I don’t have the energy this year for cut outs but my family and friends expected my usual cookies for our event tonight. These are an amazing replacement.

I rolled some in cinnamon sugar, some in sprinkles and then I’ll ice a few and voila !!

Thank you !!

Samantha Bickford
5 years ago

Would these work to roll them put and cut cut shapes?

Esther McDaniel
5 years ago

5 stars
I made these cookies the other day, and they turned out absolutely amazing! They looked exactly like the pictures, and tasted delicious. Definitely making again!!

Vickie Long
5 years ago

5 stars
These cookies are awesome! The only problem was they went too fast! Making more tomorrow. Thank you.

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

5 stars
My cookies came out flat too, but they really taste good. My kids love the soft sugar cookies. I made a batch for the Christmas holidays. I may try another brand of butter and flour next time

Mrs P

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