XXL Buttery Soft Sugar Cookie

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

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one giant sugar cookie with sprinkles

XXL Buttery Soft Sugar Cookie

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1 giant cookie
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

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


Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted 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 pure vanilla extract
  • 6 Tablespoons all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 Tablespoons sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). 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!

Keywords: giant funfetti cookie

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  1. 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. 😉

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

      2. mmmmmm ok I must try it then. 😀

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

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

  4. 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.

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

    1. No, not for this cookie recipe.

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

  6. No, you cannot make the cookie without it.

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

    1. Hi Jess! So happy you liked this. You can definitely turn my BReakfast Cookies into larger cookies. Make them as large as you want! https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2013/06/18/breakfast-cookies/

  9. 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!

    1. I know – it’s ginormous Kelly!

  10. 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!

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

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

    1. Enjoy Danielle! Love this cookie.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. do you have to use cream of tartar?

      1. Nasia Sanchez says:

        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

      2. Michelle M Burnell says:

        Can I add food coloring to make a rainbow type type of sugar cookie?

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

  15. 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 🙂

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

  16. 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!

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

    1. 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: https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2013/02/13/1-xxl-death-by-chocolate-cookie/

      1. Do you mean sub flour for the cocoa powder?

      2. Yes, that is what I mean. Thanks Terri.

  19. 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 ♡

  20. 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.

  21. 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!

  22. 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!

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

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

    1. Hey Alyssa, I’m wearing Essie “Lights”

  25. 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 : )

  26. 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?

    1. Thank you! They are Zak Designs http://www.zak.com/kitchen_tools_bowls_mixing_bowls

  27. I’m making this right now 

  28. 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! 🙂

  29. one of the very rare moments when i can actually hide my blush behind a cookie 🙂

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

    Any ideas for substitutes? 

    Love your work 
    ~lulu

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