It's everyones favorite Crumbl cookie -- the classic pink chilled sugar cookie! A crumbly cookie topped with sweet almond icing. This crumbl copycat recipe is pure perfection, you can skip the trip to the store and make your batch any time you want.
This recipe was first published February 23, 2022.
Crumbl cookies are all the rave. If you've never had one, they are giant cookies in all sorts of flavors you could imagine. The most popular one of all is the classic pink chilled sugar cookie. Honestly, it's the only one I like!
Since Crumbl cookies are just so large this recipe is for a bit smaller cookie than what you would get if you went to a Crumbl store. Which means you can eat the entire cookie.
This Crumbl cookie recipe is spot on! I tested out cookie batch after cookie batch just to get it right.
The texture is just like Crumbl, soft in the middle but also crumbly. The hints of almond flavor in the cookie and in the icing. And of course it has to have the iconic pink icing on top.
Here's a rundown of the ingredients you'll need for both the Crumbl cookie and the icing.
This is just a summary so make sure you reference the actual recipe card at the bottom of the page for the full list of ingredients and amounts needed.
- butter - I always use salted butter
- powdered sugar - make sure to sift your powdered sugar before using to get out any clumps
- egg - a whole egg, at room temperature
- oil - flavorless oil, I used sunflower oil
- vanilla extract - pure vanilla extract, the good stuff
- almond extract
- all purpose flour
- salt - I use kosher salt in my recipes, if you are going to use table salt you will need to decrease your salt a bit
- baking powder
- baking soda
- milk - to thin the icing
- red food gel - for coloring the icing pink
How To Make Crumbl Chilled Sugar Cookies
Start by creaming together the butter and powdered sugar (make sure to sift the powdered sugar first) for 3 minutes. Stir in the egg and the oil. Stir in the vanilla extract and almond extract.
Sift together the all purpose flour, kosher salt, baking powder and baking soda. Pour this into the wet ingredients and stir together until combined.
Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Using a 3 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop out the cookie dough onto a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper.
Bake in a 325 degree oven for 10 minutes. The cookies will look slightly underbaked. Let them cool completely.
To make the sweet almond icing, beat together the butter and powdered sugar. Slowly add in the milk, beating as you go.
You may need a bit less or a bit more than what the recipe calls for it depends on how packed the powdered sugar was when it was measured.
Add in the almond extract to the icing.
Once the cookies are completely cooled and have set add the frosting and in a circular motion swirl it on.
It's important that all your ingredients are at room temperature. The butter shouldn't be melting but it should indent when you poke your finger in it.
The cookie dough does need to be chilled for 30 minutes, do not skip this step.
Opt for red food coloring gel instead of pink. In tests, the pink food coloring wound up being too neon whereas the red coloring matched more closely to Crumbls icing color.
325 degrees is the perfect temperature to bake these sugar cookies. 350 degrees will leave the bottom of your cookie golden brown and Crumbl cookies are not golden brown on the bottom, they are pale throughout.
It's important to bake the cookies so they look slightly underbaked. This is how you will get that really soft but also crumbly texture, just like at Crumbl. On that note, when the sugar cookies come out of the oven they need to sit and rest to firm up a bit.
Wait until they have completely cooled to put the pink almond icing on the cookies. Then put them in the fridge to chill.
This will depend on the cookie. But for this Crumbl sugar cookie copycat it's all powdered sugar. To achieve the soft crumbly texture, powdered sugar works the best.
No. They need to be baked at 325 degrees as the recipe is written. If you bake them at 350 degrees the cookies run the risk of becoming golden brown on the bottom.
You can, but the texture may vary.
Yes! They freeze really well. Freeze in an airtight container or ziploc bag. They are best eaten within a month of freezing. Set them out in a room temperature room to defrost.
More Cookie Recipes
- Iced Oatmeal Cookies
- Crumbl Pumpkin Cake Cookies Copycat Recipe
- Oreo Funfetti Sugar Cookies
- Chocolate Chocolate Cookies
- S'mores Cookie Bars
Crumbl Classic Pink Chilled Sugar Cookie Copycat Recipe
It's everyones favorite Crumbl cookie -- the classic pink chilled sugar cookie! A crumbly cookie topped with sweet almond icing. This Crumbl copycat recipe is pure perfection, you can skip the trip to the store and make your batch any time you want.
- 1 c salted butter, room temperature
- 1 ½ c powdered sugar
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 2 tbsp flavorless oil (sunflower oil)
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp almond extract
- 2 ¼ c + 3 tbsp all purpose flour
- ¼ tsp kosher salt
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 3 tbsp Butter
- 2 ½ c Powdered sugar
- 3 ½ tbsp Milk + more if it is not smooth yet
- ⅛ tsp Almond extract
- red food coloring gel
- Sift the powdered sugar
- Cream together the butter and powdered sugar for 3 minutes
- Stir in the egg and the oil
- Stir in the vanilla extract and almond extract
- Sift together the all purpose flour, kosher salt, baking powder and baking soda Pour this into the wet ingredients and stir together until combined
- Chill in the cookie dough in the fridge for 30 minutes
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees 10 minutes before the cookies are done chilling
- Using a 3 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop out the cookie dough onto a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper
- Bake for 10 minutes
- The cookies will look slightly under baked when you take them out of the oven (see notes)
- Let them cool 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling
- To make the sweet almond icing, beat together the butter and powdered sugar
- Slowly add in the milk, beating as you go (be mindful adding the milk, you may need more or less depending on how compact the powdered sugar was when scooping)
- Add in the almond extract to the icing
- Dip the end of a toothpick in red food coloring gel, swipe it in the frosting, little by little, stirring in between until the desired color has been reacher (a little goes a long way!)
- Once the cookies are completely cooled and have set, ice the cookies
- Chill the cookies in the fridge
It's important to under bake these cookies! If they bake until golden on the bottom they won't taste how they should. Crumbl sugar cookie is a pale color all the way through, and to get that tender middle that is also crumbly they must be under baked. The cookies do set up afer cooling, it just takes a bit of time. .Your oven may run hotter than mine so keep an eye on them, 10 minutes could be too long for your oven.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 280Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 235mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 0gSugar: 31gProtein: 1g
This information comes from online calculators. Although moderncrumb.com attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
The bake time was completely wrong for me. My sizing was correct but 10 minutes was not nearly enough. The cookies ended up flat, not thick like they should have been.
Hi Grace, if your cookies were completely flat then you may have accidentally added too much butter or not enough flour. Both of these cause flat cookies. It's also important to chill before baking.
Greetings from "Down Under", we don't have Crumbl cookies in Australia, well at least not where I live. But these look so yummy, I'll definitely have to try them. Since we use weight instead of volume, I've already converted the ingredients into gms, mainly for flour & icing sugar, & also for the liquid measures as a tablespoon in Oz is 20mls & the rest of the world it's 15mls, but i do have both in my pantry. I was lucky enough to get US cups & spoons from a friend that visited the US, so hopefully I'll be able to make these cookies without too many issues.
Thanks again for a yummy looking recipe.
In the cookie dough recipe is it almond extract? Because it just says Almond.
Yes, almond extract.
Can it be made gluten-free? Is there a variation in ingredients or should we just substitute flour for a gf one? I want to give this recipe a try!
It can! A good fried of mine made this gluten free and said it was amazing. She replace the flour for GF flour, equal parts. Good luck!
I have only tried Crumbl’s pink sugar cookie once, which was enough for me to find your recipe. It tastes just like it!! Thank you for sharing!
Has anyone tried this recipe with dairy free butter?
I was skeptical with the amount of powdered sugar in the dough (I had never seen a cookie recipe like this one before) but it turned out great! My husband and I looked at each other after we had one and were amazed at how much they taste like the original! These are so good!!
Thanks Emily! I have another cookie recipe that uses all powdered sugar, so when I had this one from Crumbl I kept thinking how similar in taste and texture it was! Glad you both liked it 🙂
I was so excited to try these as Crumbl is expensive and a 2 hour drive from me. I followed directions to the tee and even timed my chill time/bake time etc. Are these good? Yes. Do they taste like Crumbl's classic sugar? No.
Hi Ali, sorry to hear you didn't like them. I think they taste almost identical - must be a difference of taste buds 🙂 No copycat will be spot on as we all use different brands of ingredients which can impact flavor outcome. Nonetheless, thanks for trying.
Thanks for putting the recipe on here:) am definitely going to try the recipe again to ensure I didn't mess anything up the first time.
Did you mean 1 cup of butter, or 1 stick? I used 1 cup and they were really greasy and flat....
1 cup of butter is correct. I would ensure the butter is softened and not melted, and that all dry ingredients are measured correctly.
I take it back...made them again and it's very close to Crumbl:)
I am SO glad to hear this!!! Hooray!! 🙂
these are so good!! I noticed that crumbl says their sugar cookies are vanilla with an almond icing, so (on my second batch, I can't stop making these!) I substituted the almond in the dough with vanilla extract and increased the almond in the frosting to 2tsp. it's a subtle difference but I liked it even better! thank you for sharing!
Thanks Christy I'm so glad you like it! Crumbl actually just re-realeased their pink sugar and it's now a vanilla, used to be almond.
I dont have almond extract what should i do?
Probably just nothing, I wouldn't sub with anything else.
I'm obsessed with Crumbl classic pink sugar so if these taste the exact same I will be ecstatic! Thanks for the recipe
Yummmmmmm I’m making them for the second time and they are so easy and delicious!