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Copycat Crumbl Sugar Cookie Recipe

Have you ever had a Crumbl Sugar Cookie? If not, I encourage you to go preheat the oven. These delicious, melt-in-your-mouth cookies are soft, tender, and so quick and easy to make. And, in my humble opinion, life-changing!

Does the idea of rolling and cutting out sugar cookies fill you with dread? It does me! The mess and all of the steps are an all-day-long project, right? If so, you’re going to love Copycat Crumbl Cookie Recipe. These large cookies are soft, tender. and so buttery moist.

Top down view of 6 cookies with blue frosting and sprinkles

Best of all, Copycat Crumbl Sugar Cookie Recipe is so quick and easy to make. I may be a lazy cookie baker but that being said, the cookies I love to eat are not dry or crispy. They’ve got to be melt in your mouth delicious like our Lemon Snowflake Cookies, Old-fashioned Butter Cookies, and my Nutella Thumbprint cookies.

What are Crumbl Sugar Cookies?

Until I saw this recipe, I’d never heard of Crumbl Cookies. Turns out, this recipe was developed by two college-aged cousins that opened a store to sell what they felt was the perfect cookie, a chocolate chip variety was their first. Evidently, a lot of people agreed that these cookies are amazing because they’ve opened in 35 states!

Angled view of a frosted sugar cookie and sprinkles sitting on a cooling rack in front of a stack of unfrosted cookies.

Why you’ll love Copycat Crumbl Cookies

  • The first reason is all of the money you’ll save! Once you try these cookies, you’ll wont be joining all the people in line just to buy them! Believe me, it wraps around the building.
  • Copycat Crumbl cookies are so easy to make at home. They take minimal ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.
  • No fancy techniques. There’s no rolling and stamping out these Crumble Sugar cookies. You can choose to frost them or just top them with sanding sugar if you choose.
  • The #1 reason to try Crumbl Cookie Copycat Recipe is Freaky Friday!

I wish that I could take the credit for discovering these cookies and developing the copycat crumble cookie recipe, but I can’t! This recipe is actually inspired by the FREAKY FRIDAY VIRTUAL COOKIE EXCHANGE EVENT.

What is Freaky Friday

What is the Freaky Friday Blog Hop? Freaky Friday is a blog hop with some of my favorite food blogger buddies 5 times a year. There’s one for each season followed by the Virtual Cookie Exchange.

We secretly get assigned one another’s blogs to make a recipe from, and then we all reveal who we had and what we made on the same Friday!

The theme for this event is very appropriate. The recipe had to be a cookie, bar, candy, or holiday type Chex/snack mix. Something you would see on a holiday platter.

This old-fashioned blog hop is organized by Michaela who runs An Affair From the Heart. It’s a lot of work but she’s amazing at keeping us all organized and sharing the fun! Check out her blog for some amazing recipes all year long.

The Fresh Cooky

The secret blog that I was assigned was The Fresh Cooky by the ever so talented Kathleen. I was really happy to get Kathleen’s blog for this round because she’s really picky when it comes to her cookies. I knew I’d get a good recipe no matter which one I picked.

Let me tell you a little bit about Kathleen. Kathleen is a wife and a mother of two somewhat picky boys. She grew up cooking and baking just like she does with her boys now.

She enjoys entertaining, family, and friends just like we do, and I liked her instantly when she said she wasn’t perfect and doesn’t pretend to be. I am often one hot mess and just assumed that’s normal for most of us right?

The Fresh Cooky is always where I turn when I have questions regarding high-altitude cooking. She bakes at 5,280 feet above sea level so has some tricks and tips that make her recipes a success.

I always have a list of Kathleen’s recipes that I want to put on our table. Her Copycat “Nothing but Bundt Cake Recipe” is melt-in-your-mouth perfect for that chocolate fix. Her Ooey gooey Cinnamon Rolls are on our Christmas morning menu. I just love the story that she tells with this recipe! She’s not just a baker. Kathleen has recipes for just about anything you’re looking for. Her Easy Chile Relleno Casserole is perfect for any meal of the day!

A year ago I made her Pan-Banging Sugar Cookies and they’re so darned good! They’re also another great alternative to Sugar Cookie cut-outs.

Three unfrosted sugar cookies sitting on a cooling rack in front of blue frosted cookies.

Equipment we used to make Copycat Crumbl Cookies

Baking Sheets – These sheet pans are durable. I have four of them so I can get everything baked in a jiffy!

Parchment Paper – This is my favorite parchment paper. It’s important to know that there is an oven temperature rating on parchment paper. If you exceed it your parchment paper can catch fire in your oven. This one is rated to 450°F, high enough for my bread recipes too.

Cookie Scoops – Ever wonder how every cookie, meatball, or muffin is the same size? Scoops! I use them a lot and own this set. I’ve had them for years!

Ingredients to make crumbl cookies including flour, sugar, butter, eggs, baking powder, vanilla and almond extract.
  • Flour – All-purpose flour. Bleached or unbleached is fine.
  • Baking Powder
  • Butter – I used salted butter. If you use unsalted butter, add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of salt. We use real butter.
  • Sugar – White granulated
  • Egg – I use Grade A eggs for consistency in our baking.
  • Almond and Vanilla Extract – If you don’t have or don’t care for almond extract, you can use all vanilla extract.

Almond Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients used to make almond buttercream frosting including powdered sugar, cream, butter, and food coloring
  • Butter – We use the real stuff! Make sure it’ at room temperature
  • Powdered sugar – We measure and then sift.
  • Almond extract – You can substitute with vanilla.
  • Cream – I love the smooth sweetness that real cream adds to buttercream frosting. However, you can use any milk, half and half or even water for a vegetarian option.
  • Food coloring – I use gel-based food coloring. The colors are true and they’re nut free making them safe for people with nut allergies.
Sideview of stacked sugar cookies sitting on a cooling rack.
  1. Make sure your ingredients are fresh, especially your Baking Powder. If you’re not sure you can test it. Our Basic Baking Techniques will show you how.
  2. Don’t skimp on the fat! We use real full-fat butter in our baking which will assure a moist and tender result. You can use vegetable shortening as a vegetarian option. It may change the texture some what.
  3. Preheat the oven. We preheat our oven for at least 30 minutes before baking. You want it thoroughly up to temperature before baking. You’ll also want to avoid opening the oven door.
  4. Thoroughly beat the butter and sugar together. I use an electric stand mixer and will beat the butter and sugar together for up to 5 minutes on high. You want the mixture to appear lighter in color and very fluffy before adding the remaining ingredients.
  5. Use room temperature ingredients. They will blend together more evenly.
    • You don’t want your butter so soft that it’s on the verge of melting. You want a dent to show when you press it with your finger. You don’t want your finger to push right through.
    • Also, if you forget to take the eggs out of the refrigerator you can submerge them in room temperature water for 5 minutes to bring them to room temperature.
  6. If you don’t have multiple baking sheets, make sure they’re thoroughly cooled before putting another batch of sugar cookie dough on them.
  7. I always bake on parchment paper. You can also use a silicone mat. Different sheet pand colors and surfaces will bake differently. Adding parchment paper or a silicone mat removes this difference. It also helps to keep your cookie dough from spreading out too much. Don’t reuse parchment paper!

Tips to make Creamy Almond Buttercream Frosting

  1. We used real butter. You can use vegetable shortening for a vegetarian option.
  2. We sift the measured powdered sugar after measuring it which helps the frosting to blend smoothly.
  3. Buttercream can be made ahead of time. You’ll want to cover it until you use it so that it doesn’t develop a crust. You’ll also want to keep it cool so that it doesn’t separate from getting too warm. It also spreads nicely if it’s cool (not cold).

How to make Copycat Crumbl Cookies

The first thing I do is to make sure the rack in my oven is centered. Then preheat the oven to 350°F. I then line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Step 1: Blend the wet ingredients

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat room temperature butter with the sugar. Once mixed, blend on medium-high for 3 to 5 minutes or until the color is light and the texture is fluffy.

sugar and butter whipped together

Add the egg. We lightly scramble it with a fork before adding it which makes combining it a little easier.

Add the Almond and Vanilla extracts and mix until blended.

Step 2: Combine and add the dry ingredients

In a separate bowl, add the flour and baking powder. Also, add 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon of salt if you used unsalted butter. Whisk the ingredients together until thoroughly combined.

A tablespoon of flour being added to blended cookie dough

With the mixer on low, add the dry ingredients one large tablespoon at a time until thoroughly combined.

Step 3: Scoop, bake, & cool

3-photo grid of sugar cookie scooped on a pan, flattened out, and the flattened cookie on a pan.

Using a 3-tablespoon scoop, scoop cookie dough out and place it on the prepared baking sheets. Let some of the dough hang over the edge of the scoop. That’s what gives these crumble sugar cookies that rustic look.

I baked 6 cookies per sheet. Using the bottom of a flat surface such as a glass or measuring cup, press the cookies lightly. Don’t overpress. These are thicker cookies.

Bake until cookies are no longer glossy and are puffy in appearance. You’re not looking for them to brown as you do other cookie recipes. Cool on the baking sheet. They’ll set as they cool.

Buttercream Frosting

Add the butter to the mixer and beat until light and fluffy. Add the sifted powdered sugar until completely combined and no additional sugar is visible. Add the cream until the frosting is a spreadable consistency. Add the extract and food coloring. You can use any color for all kinds of occasions and add sprinkles! That just makes them fun!

Two photo grid of a scoop of frosting added to the top of a cookie and then being spread out.

Put a small scoop of frosting on each cookie and spread it using an offset spatula.

FAQ’s

How do you store Crumble Sugar Cookies?

I store these cookies at room temperature for up to 5 days in an airtight container

Can you freeze Crumble Cookies?

Yes, you can freeze Crumble cookies for up to 3 months. I like to freeze the cookies before they’re frosted and then frost them once thawed.

You can also freeze unbaked shaped cookie dough in an airtight container. Just remove the amount that you want to bake and bake as instructed once thawed or bake frozen. You’ll need to add an extra minute or two.

Can you freeze Buttercream Frosting?

Yes, you can also freeze the buttercream frosting. Let it thaw either in the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature. Stir it and then frost.

3/4 angle photo of a blue frosted sugar cookie with snowman sprinkles.

Don’t Forget To Come Back And Let Me Know How Your Copycat Crumble Sugar Cookies Turned Out!

If you enjoyed these Copycat Crumbl Cookies, here are a few more holiday favorites you may like

Take a look at all of our 2021 Freaky Friday Holiday Cookie Exchange Recipes:

  1. An Affair from the Heart – Candy Cane Puppy Chow
  2. The Carefree Kitchen – Christmas Linzer Cookies
  3. Devour Dinner – Peppermint Meltaways
  4. Family Around the Table – Chocolate Overload Cookies
  5. The Foodie Affair – Easy Pecan Pie Crust Cookie Recipe
  6. Fresh April Flours – Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies
  7. The Fresh Cooky – White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
  8. Hostess at Heart – Crumbl Cookie Recipe
  9. House of Nash Eats – Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies
  10. Kathryn’s Kitchen Blog – Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
  11. Lemoine Family Kitchen – Lemon Thumbprint Cookies with Strawberry Jam
  12. Lemon Blossoms – Cranberry Orange Biscotti
  13. Life Currents – Chocolate Mint Rugelach
  14. Life, Love & Good Food – White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
  15. Soulfully Made – Polar Bear Paw Cookies
  16. The Speckled Palate – Saltine Cracker Toffee
  17. Sue Bee Homemaker – Jam Thumbprint Cookies
  18. Take Two Tapas – Sugar Cookie Truffles
A frosted Crumbl cookie sitting on a cooking rack in front of more cookies
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5 from 2 votes

Copycat Crumbl Cookie Recipe

Have you ever had a Crumbl Sugar Cookie? If not, I encourage you to go preheat the oven. These delicious, melt-in-your-mouth cookies are soft, tender, and so quick and easy to make. And, in my humble opinion, life-changing!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 11 mins
Total Time 26 mins
Servings 15
Author Julie Menghini

Ingredients

Sugar Cookie Dough

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup butter salted, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs – large
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract or a total of 1½ tsp vanilla extract

Almond Buttercream Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter salted, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp almond extract – or vanilla extract
  • 3 tbl cream * one tablespoon at a time. Can use milk or water
  • Royal Blue Food Coloring

Instructions

Sugar Cookie Batter

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  • Combine the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Scrape down the sides when necessary. Beat on medium-high until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, beating about 1 minute after each addition.
  • Add the vanilla and almond extract and mix until combined.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the flour and the baking powder together. Add the dry ingredients to the creamy mixture one tablespoon at a time with the mixer on low until all of the flour mixture is added and no dry flour is visible, scraping down the sides as necessary. Cookie dough will be soft and easily scoopable.
  • This recipe doesn't need to be chilled. Using a 3 tablespoon scoop (or a 1/4 (cup measuring cup) scoop the dough and shape it into a ball. You want a little dough overhang on the scoop which is what gives it that rustic edge.
  • Put 6 cookie balls to a baking sheet. Did the bottom of a glass or the bottom of a flat measuring cup, and press down on the cookies to flatten them slightly. Don't press them too thin.
  • Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until the cookies no longer look glossy and are puffed up. They will set as they cool on the cookie sheet.

Almond Buttercream Frosting

  • Whip the butter on medium-high until light and fluffy using an electric mixer. Turn the mixer to low and add the powdered sugar one tablespoon at a time until completely incorporated. Add the extract and 2 to 3 drops of food coloring blending to mix. Add the cream one tablespoon at a time and once incorporated, turn the mixer on medium-high and whip for 2 to 3 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  • Spread the frosting onto the cooled cookies.

Notes

If you don’t have or like Almond Extract, increase the Vanilla Extract by 1/2 teaspoon.
You can make smaller cookies but bake for only 6 to 7 minutes.

Nutrition

Sodium: 173mg | Calcium: 38mg | Vitamin C: 1mg | Vitamin A: 642IU | Sugar: 37g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 98mg | Cholesterol: 75mg | Calories: 420kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Fat: 20g | Protein: 4g | Carbohydrates: 57g | Iron: 1mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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Recipe Rating




Ann

Sunday 12th of December 2021

I've never had Crumbl cookies, but now my mouth is watering and I can't wait to try them!

Julie Menghini

Monday 13th of December 2021

Thank you, Ann! They're worth the try I promise!

Rebecca

Friday 10th of December 2021

Yum! I love Crumbl Cookies and these were perfect! Love the blue frosting with sprinkles too. So fun and festive.

Julie Menghini

Monday 13th of December 2021

Thank you, Rebecca! Blue just fit into winter for me but they can be changed up for any time of year or occasion.

Amy

Friday 10th of December 2021

I've had the real version (we just got a Crumbl not far from us this summer!) and these are even better, in my opinion. Love your decorating ideas too!

Julie Menghini

Monday 13th of December 2021

Thank you, Amy! I love these cookies.

Nikki Lee

Friday 10th of December 2021

Crumbl cookies at home?! Yes, please!

Julie Menghini

Monday 13th of December 2021

Thanks, Nikki!

Jennifer

Tuesday 7th of December 2021

I am obsessed with Crumbl and spend WAY too much money there. I can't wait to try this recipe and save some $$$

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 8th of December 2021

Thank you, Jennifer! I'm obsessed with them too!