These Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookies are so fun and festive! They combine the best parts of a soft sugar cookie and a classic chocolate chip cookies. They are easy to make, great for the holidays, and have the best chewy shortbread texture!

Chocolate chip sugar cookies with milk

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • These chocolate chip sugar cookies are super easy!
  • They have the perfect crispy edges and a soft chewy center.
  • These cookies are made with only a few ingredients.
  • Add some frosting on top for a fun treat. This Keto Chocolate Frosting is delicious!
  • They are great for holidays, Christmas, birthdays and more!
  • This recipe is gluten free.
  • They are made without brown sugar and without powdered sugar.
  • Check out these Paleo Cut Out Sugar Cookies for another fun option!

Ingredients & Substitutions

Room temperature butter gives these sugar cookies the best buttery flavor. The butter should be slightly soft to the touch but not melted. If using unsalted butter, feel free to add a pinch of salt to the cookie batter. I do not recommend trying to substitute coconut oil or a Vegan butter.

Granulated white sugar provides all the sweetness. I do not recommend any substitutions.

The egg is vital! Do not replace the egg. It helps bind the cookies together.

The vanilla extract adds some classic cookie flavor.

Both gluten free 1 to 1 flour and all purpose flour work well. A grain free flour such as almond or coconut will yield significantly different results. For that reason, I only recommend gluten free 1 to 1 flour or all purpose.

The baking soda helps these cookies rise while baking.

Mini chocolate chips add the right amount of chocolate without being overwhelming. Since these cookies are relatively thin, I recommend mini chocolate chips. Regular chocolate chips might create bumpy looking cookies.

Baked sugar cookies with chocolate chips

Taste & Texture

These chocolate chip sugar cookies taste like a buttery sugar cookie. The chocolate chips are small and subtle. They definitely taste like sugar cookies!

They have golden crispy edges and a soft chewy center.

How to Make

Step 1

In a stand mixer, beat room temperature butter and white sugar on high for 1 minute.

Butter and sugar in bowl

Step 2

Then, stir in egg and vanilla extract.

Sugar cookie dough in bowl

Step 3

Add in flour and baking soda. Stir to combine.

Bowl of sugar cookie dough

Step 4

Fold in chocolate chips. Refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour.

Chocolate chip cookie dough

Step 5

Once dough has chilled, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.

Step 6

Use cookie scoop to scoop round balls of dough onto lined pan.

Raw cookies on pan

Step 7

Bake for 10 to 11 minutes or until cookies are set in the middle.

Baked cookies on pan

Step 8

Finally, remove from oven. Cool cookies on pan for 10 minutes. Then, carefully transfer to a cooling rack to finish cooling.

Expert Tips & Tricks

Use room temperature butter! This is very important in achieving the perfect cookie texture.

Chilling the dough yields the best results. Without chilling, these cookies will spread into pancakes. The longer the dough chills, the more compact these cookies will be.

Since these cookies are soft, handle carefully after baking. Allow them to fully cool before picking up.

Balls of cookie dough

How to Serve & Store

Serve cookies once they are cool enough to handle. They are fragile!

Store cookies covered at room temperature for up to 4 days. Store in fridge for up to 7 days.

Freeze cookies for up to 2 months.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is sugar cookie dough the same as chocolate chip cookie dough?

No, sugar cookie dough is made without brown sugar.

Which chocolate chips should I use?

I used Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips. Highly recommend!

Do I need to chill the dough?

Yes, chilling the dough is mandatory.

Can I omit the chocolate chips?

Sure! These cookies will turn out as sugar cookies without the chocolate. I have tried them this way and they are delicious.

Chocolate chip cookies with milk

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Chocolate chip sugar cookies with milk

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookies

These chocolate chip sugar cookies are soft, buttery and studded with mini chocolate chips. They are a fun twist on classic sugar cookies. These cookies are festive, easy and so yummy!
5 from 9 votes

Ingredients

Instructions 

  • First, add room temperature butter and white sugar to a stand mixer. Beat for 1 minute on high, until combined.
  • Then, add in egg and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
  • Add in flour and baking soda. Stir to combine.
  • Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour, up to 24 hours.
  • Once chilled, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Use cookie scoop to scoop 1 inch round balls of dough onto lined pan.
  • Bake for 10 to 11 minutes or until cookies are set in the middle.
  • Finally, remove from oven. Allow cookies to cool on pan for 10 minutes before carefully transferring them to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Notes

  • Use room temperature butter.  Melted or solid butter will yield different textures.  I like to set my butter out an hour or two before baking.
  • Both gluten free 1 to 1 flour and all purpose flour can be used.
  • Chilling the dough is not optional.  I have tried to bake these cookies without chilling and they spread too much.
  • Mini chocolate chips add the perfect amount of chocolate without being overpowering.  I suggest using mini or finely chopped chocolate.
  • These cookies are soft and fragile.  Handle carefully after baking.
  • Store covered at room temperature for up to 4 days.
  • Freeze cookies for up to 2 months if desired.
Calories: 269kcal, Carbohydrates: 39g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 34mg, Sodium: 145mg, Potassium: 23mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 21g, Vitamin A: 316IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 17mg, Iron: 1mg

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