Copycat Great American Cookies Sugar Cookies {secret recipe} (2024)

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I have a confession. I’m a huge fan of Great American Cookies or you may know them as the cookies you get at the mall. I know most people know them by their famous cookie cakes (hello easy birthday party win!) but their regular cookies are amazing too. Almost every time I go to the mall I swing by the Great American Cookie stand and grab a few cookies to take with me, it’s a total guilty pleasure. This copycat Great American Cookies sugar cookie recipe is really similar to the original.

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I love taking these sugar cookies to parties or baking them for Christmas cookie exchanges. They’re always a huge hit.

What makes these sugar cookies special?

Great American Cookies’ sugar cookies are hands down my favorite cookie. There’s something so special about their sugar cookies. They are chewy, soft, and have a little zest to them. That little extra special element about them is lemon extract! Its just a little zing that goes great with the overall flavor.

Recipe notes

For this recipe, one egg is correct. I also recommend keeping a close eye on these while they bake.

I baked mine for about ten minutes but since ovens vary, check your cookies. You don’t want to over bake these or they won’t taste soft and chewy like the originals.

The original cookies have multicolored sprinkles but you can just one color and they will still have the same taste.

Other copycat cookie recipes that you might like:

  • Copycat Great American Cookies Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Copycat Great American Cookies White Macadamia Nut Cookies
  • Copycat Bob Evans Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Copycat Potbelly Cookies
  • Copycat Twisted Sugar Sugar Cookies

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Copycat Great American Cookies Sugar Cookies


Have your favorite cookies from the mall food court at home with these copycat sugar cookies!

5 from 2 votes

Prep Time 15 minutes mins

Cook Time 10 minutes mins

Total Time 25 minutes mins

Course Dessert

Cuisine American

Servings 12 people

Calories 225 kcal


  • Baking sheet


  • ¾ cup butter slightly melted
  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup agave syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • colored sprinkles for decorating


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a large baking sheet.

  • In a large mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients.

  • Add in the wet ingredients and then mix well with a hand mixer for about three minutes.

  • Roll the dough into small balls and space about two inches apart.

  • Top with sprinkles.

  • Bake cookies for ten minutes. They will be slightly golden but if you bake them too long they won't have the same soft texture as the original.


Nutritional information is an estimate only.


Serving: 1 cookieCalories: 225kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 4gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.3gTrans Fat: 0.002gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 345mgPotassium: 67mgFiber: 1gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 45IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 1mg

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  1. Lesh

    Copycat Great American Cookies Sugar Cookies {secret recipe} (4)
    Followed this recipe – no substitutions. Perfectly perfected perfect cookies!!!! Love love love this recipe!! In awe of how close it tastes to the sugar cookie. I can definitely taste the lemon extract and see it’s a necessary ingredient. Again love this recipe!!! A must try!!


    • Audrey

      I am so glad you liked this recipe. Their sugar cookies are my favorite so I HAD to make a copycat recipe lol. Thanks so much for taking time to leave a review. Happy baking!


  2. Mary Elizabeth Vardaman

    We love Great American Cookie Company! Thanks for sharing this! Can’t wait to try this with my kids this weekend after out first week of virtual school is OVER! LOL


    • Two Pink Peonies

      Cookies always make everything better!


  3. Michelle

    This recipe looks really good! I might just try it out with my daughter 🙂


  4. Marie

    This recipe looks and sounds delicious! Thank you for sharing!


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