Nicole Carey

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July 1, 2020

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Copycat Potbelly Sugar Cookies!


Potbelly Sugar Cookies are one of my ALL-TIME fave cookies! I know you all have been waiting for me to send/share this recipe and I’m SO HAPPY I’m now prepared to do so!

These are my go-to if I’m wanting a little sugar fix.. there is NOTHING better than a sugar cookie that is ooey-gooey on the inside and a little crisp on the outside! My heart has room for regular cut and frosted sugar cookies but these are also at the top of my list!

The baking time can be adjusted to how you like your level of soft vs crunchy! I personally like them this way but the recipe can be tailored to your preference! The taste is down and that is all that matters!!!

Oh my GOODNESS.. you guys!! I made my FIRST EVER YouTube video today of me making these cookies!!!!! I cannot believe I did this all on my own… It’s obviously not professional quality by ANY means whatsoever but I wanted to have a little tutorial for you all to be able to quickly watch to understand how to make them! I hope you take the time to go to my YouTube channel and watch it! I would love if you would like & subscribe as well to always stay updated on my FUTURE videos!!!! I hope to get better with time!!! I will link the video below as well for you!!!!

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do! Please tag and share your photos of your cookies when you make them!! I would love to see how they turn out! <3

Also! Be sure to subscribe to my blog so you can get notifications straight to your inbox when my next recipe is released! I would also love to know what types of recipes you are wanting to see in the future! Comment or message me and I will make it happen!

I love you all and I’m so grateful for all the support that has been shown in the past couple of days since releasing my website! I can’t wait to see where this will take us!!

xo, Nicole Carey

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Copycat Potbelly Sugar Cookies!

  • Author: Nicole Carey
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Yield: 15 LARGE cookies 1x


Ooey-Gooey PERFECTION intertwined with a sparkling sugar crunch! These sugar cookies are about to be your new GO-TO and your guests will want to know the recipe!!!


  • 2¾ cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 cup Salted Butter; partially melted (some soft sections, some melted sections)
  • 1½ cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 Tb. Vanilla
  • Sparkling Sugar; small bowl for dipping!


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and baking powder. Set aside.
  2. Partially melt butter in the microwave. Some butter should be melted and some should still be soft.
  3. In a mixer, or with a large bowl and hand mixer cream together partially melted butter and white sugar.
  4. Add in vanilla, mix until combined.
  5. Add in egg, mix until combined.
  6. Gradually add in dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. It should look a little fluffy!
  7. Cookie scoop larger balls of dough out. Roll them in your hand to warm the dough up just a little. Then roll them in (LOTS OF) sparkling sugar until fully covered!
  8. Place on silicone mat protected baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 8-9 minutes!! If they look under-cooked, DON’T overthink it!!! Pull them out and let them cool on the cookie tray for 8-9 minutes while the other tray is baking. Once its time to switch pans, let them cool on a rack for about 45 min – 1 hour and they should be all good to go!!! ENJOY!
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 8
  • Category: Dessert

Keywords: cookies, sugarcookies, potbelly, potbellysugarcookies


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  1. Nicole Carey says:

    My FAVE sugar cookies!!!!

  2. Julie Hills says:

    OMG Can’t wait to make these!!!! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Nicole Carey says:

      YAY!!!!! 🙂 I cannot wait to see how they turn out!! If you have any questions send me a message on my IG @nicolecareyco

      Post a pic tagging me & I’ll be sure to share it as well. Thank you Julie!!! Hope you have a wonderful rest of your day! Cookies will make it even better! 😉

      xo, Nicole Carey!

      • Julie Hills says:

        Oh my goshhhhhh these were a hit!!!! Seriously the best sugar cookies I’ve ever made (according to my hubby) and they taste exactly like Potbelly!!! Can’t wait to make them again!! 🙂

  3. Meredith says:

    These are unbelievable!! I made them and the recipe had the perfect instructions and explanations. They do taste exactly like potbelly with the crispy edges and gooey inside. When I first made these, I ate 5. I also froze some extra dough balls and make them every now and then. Amazing recipe.

    • Casie says:

      Just found these after doing a search for a Potbelly copycat and they are everything I wanted and more! Have you ever frozen the dough? Or would it be better to freeze the cookies themselves?

      • Nicole Carey says:

        Hi Casie!

        First of all I’m so happy you love them as much as I do!!! They are a staple in our household and my one true love!!! YES! You can freeze the cookie dough!!! If I were you, I would roll out all of the dough balls. Stick them in the fridge for about one hour so they can harden and then transfer them to a freezer safe ziploc bag. They will keep in the freezer for up to three months. Label the bag with the date so you won’t forget the timeline. Once you’re ready to make the cookies, thaw the frozen dough for an hour on the cookie sheet. Once they’re softer, roll them in the sparkling sugar and bake according to the recipe’s instructions! Timing may vary a little bit since the dough was frozen but you will know when they look perfect since you’ve made them before! Please let me know if you have any questions at all!

        xo, Nicole Carey!

        • Casie says:

          Thank you Nicole! I’ll definitely give this a try because it was dangerous to have a full batch readily available! So so good! I’ve already shared the recipe with friends!

    • Nicole Carey says:

      Awhhhh YAY Meredith!!! I’m so happy you loved them! They are a staple because they are THAT good!!! Thanks for the kind review!! xo, Nicole Carey!

  4. Carlie says:

    Holy crap. These cookies are dangerously good!!!!

    • Nicole Carey says:

      Carlie! Thank you! They are SERIOUSLY addictive & I’m so very happy you love them! I’d love to see a picture of your cute cookies! You can send them to: or via DM on Instagram @nicolecareyco Thank you again for your sweet review!! xo, Nicole Carey!

  5. Janeah Scott says:

    These cookies are amazing!!!! I was a bit skeptical if it would taste like potbelly cookies ( since they have the best sugar cookies in the world!!!!) I made them last night and with one bite I WAS IN LOVE!!! THIS TASTE JUST LIKE A POTBELLY SUGAR COOKIE!!! I’m so thankful for your recipe and the video you made with it !!! I hope you have a wonderful day ☺️

    • Nicole Carey says:

      Janeah! I’m so thrilled you LOVED THEM!!!! They truly taste just like them and there’s nothing better than knowing you made them! I’m glad my quarantine video came in handy! Thank you for the sweet review – I truly appreciate it! xo, Nicole Carey!

  6. Amy Deters says:

    Oh my goodness these are so yummy! Not quite potbelly, but I think about as close as you can get!! Love, Love, Love this recipe!

    • Nicole Carey says:

      Hi Amy! I totally agree… nothing will beat Potbelly!!! There’s something about them. I’m glad you like the recipe – thank you for the review! xo, Nicole Carey

  7. Jessica says:

    YES YES YES…..
    I made these today, they are spot on. Thank you so much.

    • Nicole Carey says:

      Hi Jessica! This makes me so happy to hear! I’m so glad you loved them!! Thank you for the review – it means so much. xo, Nicole Carey

  8. Kristyn says:

    Easy, fast, and SUPER delicious. Definitely a recipe to save.

    • Nicole Carey says:

      Hi Kristyn! Thank you for the sweet review. I’m so happy to hear that you loved them! 🙂 xo, Nicole Carey

  9. Mairead says:

    These are phenomenal! I couldn’t get mine to flatten out the way yours did. Any tips?

    • Nicole Carey says:

      Hi Mairead! Make sure that your baking soda & baking powder are fresh – that is the only thing I can think of. I’m glad you liked them!! Let me know if you have more questions! xo, Nicole Carey

  10. Whitney says:

    These cookies are delicious. Question: do you use clear imitation vanilla? When I used 3Tbs of pure vanilla extract, it turned my cookies dark, not at all like the ones you’ve pictured. Just wondering, as I’m hesitant to use 3Tbs of the imitation stuff.

    • Nicole Carey says:

      Hi Whitney! I’ve never tried it with clear vanilla before! I’m sure it will turn out great!! I personally use Vanilla Bean Paste in my cookies 🙂 Let me know if you have more questions. xo, Nicole Carey

  11. Stefani says:

    Hello. What is the cookie scoop that you used to make these? Will you tell me where you purchased it? I can’t find the right size. Thanks.

  12. Reagan Wamhoff says:

    Love them!

  13. Martha says:

    This recipe is accurate; these taste JUST LIKE the Potbelly sugar cookies. I made the dough ahead and froze them for 2 months and thawed, flattened and dunked in Turbinado when I was ready to bake them. They turned out great even when frozen.

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