Chewy Sugar Cookies {Pillsbury Copycat Recipe}

Tastes of Lizzy T participates in affiliate advertising programs. We may earn a commission when you make a purchase through links on our site.

 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

Recipe from

About Lizzy T

Get 5 Classic Recipes with a Deliciously Secret Twist

You might also like

Join the Discussion

Notify of

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

5 years ago

5 stars
These were perfect…no issues at all. I even made my “buttermilk” with almond milk and forgot to brush the tops with it before baking. Just a great recipe. Any issues reported must be due to baker error.

5 years ago

5 stars
I had to pick one recipe for cookies this Christmas (12/2017), and this was it. They turned out beautifully and were so tasty! This recipe was simple. I doubled the recipe, and it made far more cookies than I expected. I served these cookies to friends and family and EVERYONE said they were the best sugar cookies they’d ever. My taste buds agreed! Thank you for sharing such a delicious recipe!

5 years ago

If you want sugar cookies if have a taste for butter cookies, then these are it! I followed the instructions step by step the first time around and found them a bit too sweet for my taste buds. The second time, I only used one cup of sugar Instead of one and a half. I also eliminated the sprinkled sugar on top. I followed the directions by brushing the tops with buttermilk which gave my cookies a beautiful brown top. Bake them until the edges are a light brown 7-8 minutes. They turn out perfect EVERY time. We absolutely love… Read more »

4 years ago

5 stars
Great recipe. The mixture was a little dry so probably used twice the recommended buttermilk. Two 12
yr olds made the recipe under my supervision. This is the first cookie recipe where the yield stated was accurate. The girls had a great time making them and it was enough to share with both families.

4 years ago

Can you use normal milk like almond milk instead of butter milk

4 years ago

I’m a culinary student and we made sugar cookies today an they loved your recipe they came out perfect I can’t believe I made them thanks❤️

4 years ago

5 stars
Soooo I made the dough and baked half of the dpugh but the other half I want to add peanut butter to them. So how do I do this? Can I just do a thumbprint cookie with peanut butter center or should I just add the peanut butter into the dough or is this just not a smart thing to do at all ? Thanks

Martha Worley
4 years ago

5 stars
These are in the oven now! A little confused as to why we flatten with sugar bottomed glass and then smear with buttermilk and add sprinkles ??
I just used colored sugar (yellow) on bottom of glass and put them into oven. If I’m missing a reason for doing it that way please let me know. Thanks so much.
My kitchen sure smells yummy!

4 years ago

5 stars
I have substituted the buttermilk for regular milk and I love it! Also I do cut these into shapes they do spread but I still think they’re awesome! My question is can I freeze the dough? If so for how long? 😁 I wanted to make ahead and just wanna know if it’ll be good

4 years ago

Hi, are you using unsalted butter or salted butter?

4 years ago

Hi, are you using unsalted butter or salted butter?

J Grace
3 years ago

I have been using your recipe for years but it’s just me and my (now) 4 year old but everytime I try to cut it in half it comes out wrong.

Is there a proper way to half this?

3 years ago

All I can say is WOW. I halved the recipe ( with the egg, I just Halved the white and the yolk best as I could) and it is absolutely divine. I added an extra teaspoon of vanilla aswell. These cookies flatten beautifully and they really do smell very similar to Pillsbury cookie. I am beyond impressed and will continue to use this recipe!! 💙💙💙

3 years ago

5 stars
I just have to say that these are the absolute best sugar cookies! I have honestly never found a sugar cookie recipe that I like until now, it’s been years… lol so thank you!!!! We love this one!

3 years ago

Hi, could you roll the dough, and use cookie cutters?