Copycat Crumbl Vanilla Sugar Cookies

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Indulging in a homemade batch of copycat Crumbl vanilla sugar cookies is a delightful baking adventure that brings the essence of the beloved bakery right into your kitchen. These cookies have garnered a dedicated following for their soft, melt-in-your-mouth texture and the perfect balance of sweetness with a hint of rich vanilla. The allure of creating such treats at home lies not only in the satisfaction of replicating a popular favorite but also in the joy of customizing them to personal taste.

The journey to making these copycat cookies begins with understanding the characteristics that make Crumbl’s version so irresistible. Their signature thick and soft center, paired with a slightly crisp edge, sets them apart from other sugar cookies. Achieving this texture involves a meticulous process of mixing the dough to the right consistency—neither too wet nor too dry. It’s a delicate balance that, when perfected, results in cookies that are just the right amount of chewy.

One of the secrets to their success is undoubtedly the quality of ingredients used. High-quality butter, pure vanilla extract, and the finest flour contribute to the flavor profile and texture that fans have come to love. While the exact recipe remains a closely guarded secret, enthusiasts have deduced that the creamy frosting plays a pivotal role. This frosting, often colored and flavored to suit various themes and seasons, is smooth and buttery, with a richness that complements the cookie without overwhelming it.

The art of decorating these cookies is another aspect where bakers can let their creativity shine. Whether opting for a simple swirl or an intricate design, the frosting serves as both a canvas and a medium for expressing one’s artistic flair. Moreover, the visual appeal of these cookies is just as important as their taste, with the final presentation being a feast for the eyes.

Baking these cookies at home also allows for customization in terms of dietary preferences and restrictions. With a few adjustments, one can create gluten-free, vegan, or lower-sugar versions of the classic treat, ensuring that everyone can enjoy a bite of these delectable cookies regardless of their dietary needs.

The process of making these cookies is more than just following a set of instructions; it’s about capturing the essence of what makes Crumb’s cookies special while infusing them with a touch of personal charm. From selecting the ingredients to the moment they emerge golden and fragrant from the oven, each step is an opportunity to create memories and traditions.

These famed cookies can be recreated at home with patience, quality ingredients, and a dash of creativity. The result is not just a batch of cookies but an experience—a warm, inviting aroma filling the kitchen, the soft texture yielding to the bite, and the sweet taste that lingers, reminding us why we fell in love with Crumbl’s cookies in the first place.

Copycat Crumbl Vanilla Sugar Cookies

Crumble Copycat Vanilla Sugar Cookies are sweet and tender with a hint of vanilla, covered in a velvety frosting. They are a delightful treat that replicates the famous bakery's beloved recipe.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Chilling Time 30 minutes
Servings 9 cookies


  • 16 tablespoons unsalted butter soft room temp (8 ounces)
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar 4 ounces
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar 3.5 ounces
  • 1 large egg room temp
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 10 ounces
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter room temp 6 ounces
  • 2 ¼ cups confectioners’ sugar 9 ounces
  • 1 ½ tablespoon heavy cream or whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, use a hand mixer on low speed to cream together the butter and sugars until smooth. Beat 2-3 minutes until the mixture is lighter in color and fluffy. Add in the egg and vanilla extract and beat until just combined.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, and salt to the dough and beat it in on low. Use a spatula to mix in any remaining flour. Don’t overmix.
  • Chill the dough for 30 minutes to firm up the dough and allow the flavors to meld. If you have to skip, that’s ok, but the cookies will spread more.
  • Divide dough into 9-10 cookies using a 1/3 cup scoop/disher or similar. Place the scoops of cookie dough 3” apart on a baking sheet and gently press down with a small flat-bottom glass or your fingers until each cookie is about 3/4” thick.
  • No cookie scoop? Divide the dough as evenly as you can, roll into balls, and gently flatten them to about 3/4″ thick on the baking sheets.
  • Bake cookies one tray at a time for about 14-16 minutes until turning golden brown on the edges. The centers will still be soft/slightly underbaked. Allow to cool completely on cooling racks before frosting.
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