Crispy sugar cookies, perfect for decorating for any number of occasions, have their place. But when you want to fill your cookie jar or tuck something in your lunch, a sturdier, chewier cookie is in order. With crispy edges, chewy centers and just a hint of nutmeg, these classic sugar cookies are perfect with a cup of tea or a glass of ice-cold milk. Slideshow: More Cookie Recipes 

Anna Painter


Credit: © Abby Hocking

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15 mins
30 mins


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  • Preheat the oven to 350°. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour with the baking powder, salt and nutmeg. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle, beat the butter with 1 1/2 cups of the sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the egg and vanilla until incorporated, about 1 minute. At low speed, mix in the dry ingredients until just combined.

  • Spread the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar in a shallow bowl. Scoop 2-tablespoon-size mounds of dough, roll them in the sugar and place them on the prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake the cookies for 12 to 14 minutes, until the edges are just set and lightly golden brown; rotate the sheets from top to bottom and front to back halfway through baking. Let the cookies cool on the sheets for a few minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Make Ahead

The cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.