XXL Buttery Soft Sugar Cookie.

XXL Buttery Soft Sugar Cookie

The only thing better than a cookie is a GIANT cookie.  Like, practically-the-size-of-my-head cookie. A big, soft, fluffy sugar cookie stuffed with sprinkles.  A TON of sprinkles.

This XXL cookie is so simple.  Seriously!  Just throw reduced amounts of sugar cookie ingredients into a small bowl, stir, throw in the sprinkles, bake and BOOM!  You’ve got yourself a cookie big enough to share.  Well, maybe.  I certainly did not share mine……..

What I love *most* about this particular cookie is that it is SO soft.  You know those rock hard sugar cookies you practically have to break your teeth to bite into?  Those are the worst, right?! 

This cookie literally melts in your mouth.  It’s fluffy, soft, sweet, thick, chewy, and buttery… pretty much all of my cookie requirements.

XXL Buttery Soft Funfetti Cookie

XXL Buttery Soft Sugar Cookie

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Makes 1 large cookie, perfect for sharing. Or not!


  • 2 Tbsp butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp beaten egg (crack the egg, beat it, and use 2 tbsp)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 Tbsp sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cookie sheet with nonstick spray or use a silicone baking mat.
  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, stir the butter and sugar together until creamed. Mix in the egg and vanilla.
  3. Stir in flour, baking soda, salt, cream of tartar, and sprinkles until just combined. Do NOT overmix.
  4. Place the dough in the center of the prepared cookie sheet into a tall ball (see picture above). Bake for 14-16 minutes until the edges are browned. The center may appear undone but that's what you want. It will firm up. Allow to cool completely ON the baking sheet. Enjoy!

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 Want to bake a whole batch of soft sugar cookies? Check out my Soft-Baked Funfetti Sugar Cookie recipe.

Soft-Baked Funfetti Sugar Cookies

If you like giant cookies, be sure to checkout a few of my other favorites:

See more giant cookies.

85 Responses to “XXL Buttery Soft Sugar Cookie.”

  1. #
    Choc Chip Uruposted May 4, 2012 at 8:37 am

    This is rather embarrassing but you had me at XXL 😉
    Happy birthday for 23 days time 😛 and hope you have a great month if celebrations and sprinkles!

    Choc Chip Uru


    • Sallyreplied on May 4th, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      That is too funny. I knew “XXL” and “cookie” in the same title would catch some eyes 😉


  2. #
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Lifeposted May 4, 2012 at 9:20 am

    A cookie the size of my head? I so want that to happen in my kitchen!!! This is awesome!! It does sound like you have a lot to celebrate…XXL cookies are perfect for all of that:-)


    • Sallyreplied on May 4th, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      Jocelyn, I completely agree.. I am brainstorming more XXL cookies because they are so darn easy and delicious!


  3. #
    Living The Sweet Lifeposted May 4, 2012 at 11:23 am

    I want to stuff this in my face – – a.s.a.p!! It looks greeeeaaatt … what are the chances Ill get a tummy ache if I eat the entire thing, I think there is only one way to know 😉


    • Sallyreplied on May 4th, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      Ahh! Hope you don’t get that tummy ache 😉


  4. #
    Julie @ Table for Twoposted May 4, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    love all the sprinkled goodness and your nails!! they are so not obnoxious!!


  5. #
    Cassieposted May 4, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    so glad you loved this. it’s so colorful with all those sprinkles!!


  6. #
    Reeniposted May 4, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Giant cookies are the best! I could make that entire thing disappear! My sweet tooth is raging now. I can almost taste it. I just bought neon pink polish like that today!


  7. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Deliciousposted May 5, 2012 at 12:55 am

    What a wonderful way to celebrate. So would it be bad if I ate this XXL cookie all by myself and not share with anyone? :)


    • Sallyreplied on May 5th, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      nahhhh i fully support devouring it all yourself 😉


  8. #
    Jessieposted May 5, 2012 at 1:11 am

    I want a giant sprinkly cookie, like NOW. Also, I LOVE your polish color! I was going to paint mine the same (is yours Essie?), but instead went for a more muted coral. I’ll repaint this weekend :) Also, I love your blog and want to help share it with others, so I’ve nominated you for a Versatile Blogger award!



    • Sallyreplied on May 5th, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      Thank you Jessie! My color is not Essie. It’s some cheap dollar store brand that is already chipping! I usually only wear Essie or OPI though.. they are the best :)


  9. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishesposted May 5, 2012 at 4:23 am

    Now I need an excuse to celebrate something :) Looks amazing! Sprinkles make me happy :)


    • Sallyreplied on May 5th, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      there’s always an excuse to eat sprinkles 😉


  10. #
    Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrauposted May 7, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Okay, and here’s another coincidence – my birthday is the 26th of May!! More importantly, would it be totally wrong to make this cookie right now and eat it for lunch??


    • Sallyreplied on May 7th, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      Sally! That is too funny.. we have so much in common :)


  11. #
    erica @ fashionmeetsfoodposted May 7, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    What a wonderful idea! I am definitely going to have to give this a try! xo


  12. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver}posted May 8, 2012 at 10:27 am

    1) That is one epic cookie and I feel the need to make one – right. now.
    ii) I’m a huge fan of obnoxious nail polishes – they just make me smile! (I have Fairy Teal from sally Hansen on now…)
    c) all these other funfetti recipes are making me smile furiously!! So much color!


    • Sallyreplied on May 8th, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      Ha! We are so much alike. I have big plans for more epic cookies in the near future… ones including LOTS of chocolate 😉 also have plans for neon green nail polish too. Ha!


  13. #
    Six Sistersposted May 9, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    These sugar cookies look so soft and yummy! Thanks for sharing this great recipe! We loved having you link up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We hope you’ll be back soon! -The Sisters


  14. #
    jenny holidayposted May 18, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Ohhh my gooodness!! As soon as I came across your XXL cookie pic/recipe on pinterest I knewwww it had to be a friday favorite!!! Soooooo up my alley!! :) Happy I found you! Love your blog!

    xo Jenny Holiday


    • Sallyreplied on May 18th, 2012 at 2:43 pm

      Thank you for the link up Jenny! Your blog is adorable by the way :)


  15. #
    Aprilposted May 21, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Hi Sally!

    I made your giant funfetti cookie today (because, you know, I just HAD to right after seeing this!). It came out *tasting* alright, but probably only because I like cookie dough as much as I like cookies. The middle was still raw (like RAW raw, not just still too-warm) when the edges were all browning. Also, it went flat. Any ideas? My baking soda was still good–would the cream of tartar cause that? Or elevation difference?
    Maybe next time I’ll just bake it longer at a lower temper or lay some tin foil on top?


    • Sallyreplied on May 21st, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      Hi April – I am SO sorry the cookie didn’t turn out how you expected. The cookie was pretty puffy and fully cooked for me using the recipe I posted. I would try chilling your dough next time, perhaps? Cream of tartar actully helps baked goods rise a bit. It is used in some cookie recipes, some pancake recipes, etc to help the baked good become fluffy. Did you measure the cream of tartar correctly? If all else fails, I woudl try baking for longer at a lower temperature. I hope this helped!


  16. #
    Cheese with Noodlesposted May 23, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    It’s SO BIG!! My husband would love this thing if I added some chocolate chips. I definitely need to make him a jumbo cookie! Do you think it would work with baking powder instead of cream of tartar? I don’t have any and am not inclined to go buy a jar for one recipe.


    • Sallyreplied on May 24th, 2012 at 8:47 am

      Hi there! There is NO good substitution for cream of tartar. If cream of tartar is used with baking soda in a cookie recipe, omit BOTH and use ALL baking powder instead. So, use 1/2 tsp baking powder and omit the 1/2 tsp cream of tartar and 1/2 tsp baking soda. Let me know how this turns out! And adding chocolate chips sounds incredible! I’m working on a XXL chocolate chip cookie recipe. :)


      • Maryreplied on March 12th, 2015 at 6:14 am

        Just to let others know who might be lacking in the cream of tartar department – I made this last night with 1/2tsp baking powder (instead of 1/4 baking soda and 1/4 cream of tartar) and it came out great!

        I saved this recipe to my bookmark bar for future emergencies : )

  17. #
    Brittaniposted December 27, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    A fun idea: add green food coloring with the egg (I used enough to make kind of a Kelly green since it mellowed when I added the flour.) also sub peppermint extract for vanilla and add choc chips. Mint chocolate chip cookie!


    • Sallyreplied on December 28th, 2012 at 6:04 am

      Brittani – that is the best idea i’ve ever heard!!!! I must try something like that. It would be fun for St. Patricks Day or something (and Christmas). Or just any day. 😉


      • Brittanireplied on December 28th, 2012 at 8:15 pm

        I saw it on Pinterest! It’s totally delicious and it worked much better with this recipe than my husbands :) lol

        • Sallyreplied on December 29th, 2012 at 7:15 am

          mmmmmm ok I must try it then. 😀

  18. #
    Avaposted January 8, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Oh. My. Sprinkles.
    Are there even words to describe this melty, buttery cookie??
    This genius recipe made me ONE. BIG. COOKIE. & my family couldn’t help but recognize a familiar taste in these cookies… One like Mrs. Fields Sprinkle Butter Cookies?

    Hah!! This is much better.

    And much…. sprinkle-ier? <3


    • Sallyreplied on January 8th, 2013 at 10:48 pm

      Ava! (by the way, I love the name Ava) – this comment made me giggle. :) You’re so enthusiastic about sprinkles and I like it. the comparison to mrs. fields – yes, you are spot on. Very soft and buttery, which is why I love this recipe. Thanks Ava!


  19. #
    Kristyposted January 22, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Hi there fellow Marylander, I stumbled upon your site today and fell in love! The recipes look scrumptious and your photos are just beautiful. I just made your XXL buttery sugar cookie for my family and it was delicious. The sprinkles really make this cookie special. yI myself am a self taught baker always looking for something new to bake. Can’t wait to try out more of your recipes!


    • Sallyreplied on January 22nd, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      I love this cookie! I’ve been meaning to make it again. You’ve reminded me. :) Thanks Kristy, neighbor!


  20. #
    Ilseposted March 12, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Hi Sally, i’ve just made this cookie for my sister, and she just loves it! (I love it too :))
    You’re genius, the idea of making one giant cookie is very useful, and great to surprise somebody. Thanks for your great recipes! I wish I could make them all right now!
    Big hug from a Dutch fan :)


    • Sallyreplied on March 12th, 2013 at 1:13 pm

      Thank you so much for reporting back about this cookie! I love it so much, definitely a favorite (and easy!) recipe.


  21. #
    Rheaposted May 12, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Is there anything you can substitute for cream of tartar? Thanks!


    • Sallyreplied on May 12th, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      No, not for this cookie recipe.


      • Rheareplied on May 13th, 2013 at 11:28 pm

        Thanks anyway! By the way, for a fellow sprinkle fanatic such as myself, these look AMAZING. :)

  22. #
    Mariamposted July 3, 2013 at 1:06 am

    what if you dont have cream of tartar? Can you make it without it?


    • Sallyreplied on July 3rd, 2013 at 9:13 am

      No, you cannot make the cookie without it.


  23. #
    Flwrchld71posted July 12, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    I just made this with the following modifications and it turned out great:

    – double the flour
    – melt the butter
    – reduce cooking temp to 325

    Good luck all!


  24. #
    Jess Cposted August 27, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    OH MY GOSH SALLY this recipe was totally awesome for me. It’s midnight and I’m craving one again…I’m on a diet, but I really craved a cookie this morning. I loved he colors, it was perfectly soft, and super quick! Can you make a healthy giant cookie? Thanks!


  25. #
    kellyposted August 30, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Wow, I totally underestimated the size of this cookie! I was craving one for myself and was going to share with my 2yr old. But when it was time to bake, this was even too big for me, so now I made 3 delicious (and still large!) Cookies. Now my husband can enjoy one too after work :p thanks for this recipe!


    • Sallyreplied on August 30th, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      I know – it’s ginormous Kelly!


  26. #
    Sabrinaposted October 12, 2013 at 9:55 am

    OMG! So I’m sitting here on a Saturday night so bored, and I checked out your website and jumped at the chance to make these delicious treats!!! Thank you for sharing this recipe :3 I love them!


    • Sallyreplied on October 13th, 2013 at 9:18 pm

      So happy you love this cookie Sabrina! I bake when I’m bored as well. 😉


  27. #
    Danielleposted October 18, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    I’m just counting the minutes on the oven!!!!!!!


    • Sallyreplied on October 18th, 2013 at 7:55 pm

      Enjoy Danielle! Love this cookie.


  28. #
    Trishposted October 21, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    I just made this cookie and it came out very fluffy. It didn’t really spread out very much at all. Do you know what might have caused this? It also didn’t seem as creamy when I mixed it together.


    • Sallyreplied on October 21st, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      Hi Trish! I’ve had readers tell me this cookie is wonderful, I’ve had readers tell me this cookie spreads too much, and others say it is puffy. It truly depends on your oven. Do you have an oven thermometer by chance? I suggest checking your oven temperature. Did you change anything at all about this recipe? Was your butter softened? I can’t imagine the dough not being creamy with soft butter and 2 Tbsp of beaten egg.


  29. #
    Sara Yanosyposted November 18, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    I just discovered your web site a few weeks ago and I have made a ton of your small batch recipes already! Also the cake batter chocolate chip cookies were amazing. I added birthday cake Oreos to them to make them even more cakealicious :-) have you considered making a recipe for a giant cake batter cookie? I tried altering the sugar cookie recipe by adding some cake mix to replace half of the flour – it tasted good but its spread a lot and came out really flat, crispy on the edges and raw in the middle.


    • Sallyreplied on November 18th, 2013 at 7:54 pm

      So happy you’re enjoying my blog and recipes! Cake batter chocolate chip cookies with birthday cake Oreos sounds incredible for my sweet tooth. I need to try that! I have never tried this cookie as a “cake batter cookie.” I’m not surprised your cookie spread using cake mix – cake mix contains more moisture than all-purpose flour thus producing a spread.


  30. #
    janetposted December 9, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    do you have to use cream of tartar?


    • Sallyreplied on December 9th, 2013 at 6:29 pm



    • Karenreplied on January 6th, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      I didn’t and it turned out just fine and delicious.


  31. #
    Taliaposted January 12, 2014 at 6:09 am

    Mines in the oven now!!! so excited to try! so easy to make and doesn’t use much of the ingredients. for the little amount of ingredients i used, it is massive! The only thing I dislike is the wait! 😛 LOVE YOUR WEBSITE :)


    • Sallyreplied on January 12th, 2014 at 3:03 pm

      Waiting for it to bake is torture, I know. Hope you enjoy!


  32. #
    Mary-Brentposted January 20, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Hi Sally! I made this cookie and it was delicious! Although my dough was a bit sticky before I put it in the oven and I wasn’t sure if it was supposed to be like that. I’m not a very experienced baker (I’m only 14) so I’m not sure if i did something wrong or not!


    • Sallyreplied on January 20th, 2014 at 6:25 pm

      Yep, the dough is a little sticky. That’s normal.


  33. #
    maryposted January 28, 2014 at 6:58 am

    6 tbsp of flour does not seem to work for me. when i mix it in, the dough is NOT creamy or sticky – it hardens and forms lumps. do you know why that is? should i reduce the flour?


    • Sallyreplied on January 28th, 2014 at 11:35 am

      Mary, are you certain you are not overmeasuring your flour? It sounds like you might be. Be sure to use a scant 6 Tablespoons (just over 1/3 cup) – about 46 grams in weight.


  34. #
    Olivia Helmposted January 28, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Hey Sally! I currently have this cookie in my oven right now, and it smells amazing! I will say that I had a few tastes if the dough, and it is so buttery and delicious! Thank you so much for this recipe! Also, are there any plans for an XXL chewy chocolate chunk cookie? I would love it! Thanks!


    • Sallyreplied on January 28th, 2014 at 11:43 am

      Hey Olivia! You can certainly make a giant chocolate chip cookie using my XXL Death by Chocolate Cookie recipe (same bake time). Just sub flour for the cocoa. Here’s that recipe: http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2013/02/13/1-xxl-death-by-chocolate-cookie/


      • Terrireplied on January 21st, 2015 at 6:02 pm

        Do you mean sub flour for the cocoa powder?

        • Sallyreplied on January 21st, 2015 at 6:46 pm

          Yes, that is what I mean. Thanks Terri.

  35. #
    Christineposted April 3, 2014 at 7:27 am

    This was by far the most deliciously amazing cookie that I have ever had! And to be able to say that I baked it myself!
    I rarely give feedback on recipes that I find on the Internet but this recipe genuinely deserves it!
    The cookie came out 18cm in diameter! I had to go about eating it like a pie, in slices!
    I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected to.
    Thank you ♡


  36. #
    Lizposted May 8, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    So I made these for some graduates at my church. Insted of each there own cake. I’m exited to see how they like them! I made one for me but I keep watch my wonderful husband sneek bits of it.


  37. #
    Bethposted May 10, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I love these cookies! I messed with the recipe a bit and used butterscotch chips instead of sprinkles and put chocolate chips on top, and they turned out delicious! I usually make 2 so I can eat one myself and give the other to whatever brother is on my good side that day. I absolutely love your website!


  38. #
    Aimeeposted September 8, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Ok, so I followed te recipe mostly, but took just a single egg yolk and added a splash of milk, then microwaved it in a cup for 50 seconds. I love mug recipes and it turned out pretty good! Thank you for sharing this recipe!


  39. #
    Ceciliaposted September 13, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    This is always my go to recipe when I need a simple but yummy snack! It was delicious


  40. #
    Alyssaposted January 17, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Hi Sally! I loove the sugar cookie but I have to ask. What nail polish are you wearing?!


    • Sallyreplied on January 18th, 2015 at 7:02 pm

      Hey Alyssa, I’m wearing Essie “Lights”


  41. #
    Leah odayposted April 1, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Thank you for all the awesome recipes. I just made your blue berry French toast casserole which was to die for! All your recipes are dependable, soft, chewy, and simply delicious! I noticed your mixing bowels in this giant cookie recipe. Can you share where you got them?


  42. #
    Indiaposted August 8, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    I’m making this right now 


  43. #
    Lucyposted September 5, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    I made this for my mom’s birthday a couple days ago, and she loved it! She didn’t like the sprinkles in it (sometimes I just can’t understand her) but she said that she loved the flavour and texture. I tried some of the dough beforehand and it was delicious. I usually never bake with butter, so I never get to have cookie dough, but this satisfied my craving. (To be honest, I probably ate a quarter of the dough which was why the cookie was so small…but my mom doesn’t need to know that). This is an amazing blog with amazing recipes and the most fantabulous cookies recipes that I’ve ever come across. i can’t wait to see what other recipes you have coming! Have a nice day/night! :)


  44. #
    Natalieposted September 13, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    one of the very rare moments when i can actually hide my blush behind a cookie :)


  45. #
    Luluposted October 28, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    I love this recipe but have recently moved over seas and do not have cream of tartar!!!

    Any ideas for substitutes? 

    Love your work 


  46. #
    Gabbyposted November 8, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Hi Sally I want a simple but big sugar cookie. Is it okay to leave the sprinkles and cream of tartar out. 


  47. #
    Jenniferposted November 16, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Loved it! i made a seasonal maple icing for it and MMMMMMM!!!



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