XXL Buttery Soft Sugar Cookie

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XXL Buttery Soft Sugar Cookie

The only thing better than drop sugar cookies is a GIANT SUGAR 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, if you feel like sharing.

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

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


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

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

  2. Now I need an excuse to celebrate something 🙂 Looks amazing! Sprinkles make me happy 🙂

  3. 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 🙂

  4. 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??

  5. 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

  6. 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. 🙂

    1. 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 : )

  7. 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!

    1. 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. 😉

  8. 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

    1. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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 🙂

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

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

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

    1. 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.

  16. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. This was the only way I could write a comment but anyways my cookie is in the oven now. I have a delicious buttercream frosting recipe I can you maybe make an icing recipe I haven’t found any good ones THANKS

  17. 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 🙂

  18. 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!

  19. 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?

    1. 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.

  20. 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!

  21. 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 ♡

  22. 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.

  23. 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!

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