Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies with Brown Sugar Frosting


These Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies with Brown Sugar Frosting are some of my favorites.

I heard it was Cookie Season.

Which I think should actually be a real life season, by the way.  Spring, Summer, Fall and Cookie.


And rule numero uno in Cookie Season would be that there is no dieting.  Ever.  Like you would get arrested. Totally more serious than if you wear white  after Labor Day.  It wouldn’t be merely a suggestion… it would basically be a Commandment.  Or an Amendment.  Or whatever you call a rule that is totally not breakable.  There would be severe consequences and all that.  Maybe jail?  Or being bound to a life of Atkins?  Either way, it would suck.

Cookie season would be major.  There would be fashion surrounding Cookie Season, most likely including a lot of elastic and spandex.  And craft fairs would sell wooden signs with fancy writing with cute Cookie Season catch phrases…like instead of “Spring has Sprung” it could be “Cookie Season is Baked” or “Happy Cookie Season Y’all”.  I can see it now.

I sure wish people would ask me before making universe laws.

And also I need help.  With my brain.


Ok, back to real life…

I feel like I have been making a lot of brown food lately.

And yeah today is not exception….I mean the word brown is in the title…twice.

Actually there SHOULD be brown in the title 3 times, but I’ll get to that in a minute.

Because these cookies will basically kill your heart.

Metaphorically, people.


Ok, so these are brown sugar cookies, that are actually made with browned butter, topped with a yummy caramelly brown sugar frosting.

And what is best about these cookies is I just combined two of my older recipes together.  THESE cookies plus THIS frosting.


So let’s do this.. Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies with Brown Sugar Frosting (that also start with Browned Butter)…

aka: Cookies that will metaphorically kill your heart.


So first, melt your butter in a saucepan over medium heat.  Once it’s melted continue cooking until the butter starts to get brown and nutty and delicious and will solve all the wars in the world.

Keep swirling the pan so the little solid bits don’t burn.

Photobucket Then let that cool for a few minutes.

Then mix in the brown sugar into the browned butter.

And try not to stick your face in it…

Photobucket Mix that up with your eggs and vanilla and all and pour it into your dry ingredients…
Photobucket Mix all that together to form your dough and then roll them into balls.
Mix your reserved brown and granulated sugars together and roll each ball in the sugar…
Photobucket Bake them up.
Photobucket Then you should definitely frost them.
Photobucket Cheers to brown food.

Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies with Brown Sugar Frosting
makes approx 24 cookies
  • 14 tablespoons salted butter (1¾ sticks)
  • 1¾ cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2¼ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1½ Tbsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Heat butter in medium skillet over medium heat until melted. When butter melts slowly swirl the pan and continue to cook the butter until it becomes a nice, brown-caramel color. The swirling helps it from burning. Let cool for 15 minutes.
  3. Whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl and set aside.
  4. When butter is cooled mix 1¾ cup light brown sugar and browned butter with electric mixer until no lumps remain, about 30 seconds.
  5. Add egg, yolk and vanilla and mix for another 30 seconds, until smooth.
  6. Slowly add in your flour mixture and mix on medium-low until incorporated.
  7. Combine remaining ¼ cup brown sugar and ¼ cup granulated sugar in a small bowl.
  8. Roll cookie dough into balls and then roll in sugar mixture.
  9. Place on lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
  10. Bake approx 10-12 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Do not over-bake.
  11. Transfer to wire rack to cool.
  1. Combine brown sugar and butter in small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Bring to a boil and continue cooking 1 minute. Remove from heat and cool for 10 minutes. Mixture will slightly thicken.
  3. With hand mixer beat in milk until smooth. Slowly add in powdered sugar until spreadable consistency. ( I used all 2 cups).
  4. Spread approx 1 teaspoon on each cookie.


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December 10, 2012 4:54 pm

It’s definitely cookie season. I love chewy cookies!

December 10, 2012 5:17 pm

Oh my…what was it I was supposed to be doing today?
Never mind…chewy brown sugar cookies seem to take priority now :)

December 10, 2012 5:44 pm

Before I left on our trip, I wanted sooo much to make brown sugar cookies but never got around to it. Will be ziplisting these babies so I can make them when I get home. I love the brown sugar frosting, too. Brown sugar, browned butter, lots of vanilla, chewy cookies – I am all about these, Shelly!

December 10, 2012 6:32 pm

These look great! Question- what is the recipe source for these? You don’t have it listed (as you seem to often not list your recipe source) and I would be surprised if you came up with the exact proportions of the ingredients on your own. Just wondering! Thank you.

December 10, 2012 7:42 pm


December 10, 2012 7:48 pm

Wow, this looks fantastic!

December 10, 2012 7:59 pm

omg, i want to eat that entire TOWER.

December 10, 2012 8:38 pm

I would like to conquer that cookie tower with my mouth! Brown sugar is by far the best sugar in all the land. I am not lying when I say I eat it on I must make these gorgeous cookies, Shelly!

December 10, 2012 9:05 pm


December 10, 2012 9:35 pm

Brown sugar is THE best….lovin’ the cookies. Pinning and making real soon :)

December 10, 2012 9:46 pm

There’s a brown butter brown sugar cookie that I’ve been making for the past few years and they are so good. SO good. I can just imagine how good they would be topped with this amazing brown sugar frosting!!


Perfect! I can’t resist a cookie. Then add frosting to it and all self control is lost. These look yummy, will have to try them over Christmas!

December 10, 2012 11:20 pm

If cookie season were really a whole season I would probably never fit into my skinny jeans again! And you know..I might be strangely okay with that.

December 11, 2012 3:29 am

Mmmm, look delicious! Never tried brown usgar frosting before – looks like I must! :)

December 11, 2012 3:54 am

Weellllll, since I opened up my pantry today, looking for powdered sugar for cookie icing, and found 10 (TEN!!) pounds of brown sugar, perhaps I need to make these.

I apparently didn’t realize I already HAD 3 two pound bags, so I bought 2 more last time I went shopping.


Yessssssssss. That is all.

December 11, 2012 8:14 am

I just drooled all over myself looking at these! I do believe these could be the perfect cookie!

December 11, 2012 8:22 am

I don’t think I could follow the instructions. Specifically the “don’t stick your face in the brown sugar/browned butter mixture of goodness.” My face would be so in that.

December 11, 2012 11:06 am

I just have a question for the recipe, I want to make these but in the cookie dough there is (1/8 granulated sugar ) I suppose it is cup. I hope it is, LOL! I am also a follower on FB of yours and tried a few of your recipes, I am getting ready to make this now.
<3 Lori

December 11, 2012 12:26 pm

um I saw the picture of the pan full of butter and sugar and I kind of drooled on myself, those need to be made at my house pronto!

December 11, 2012 1:06 pm

Ok I figured as much. Also, you need a disclaimer….not to eat the raw cookie dough! I’m surprised I even have any cookies in the oven! YUM! Baking these NOW! Thanks!

December 11, 2012 1:07 pm

1 other thing for some odd reason all I have is dark brown sugar, so that’s what I’m using :)

December 11, 2012 2:55 pm

Well… I guess I know what I’m doing tonight! Baking Brown Sugar Cookies! Yuuummmm!

December 11, 2012 3:37 pm

I’m totally down with changing from winter to cookie. I think I would feel much better about this time of year :) Love the look and idea of these cookies.

December 11, 2012 7:58 pm

I still haven’t made brown sugar cookies.
In all the baking I’ve done, not one was a cookie.
I can only imagine your grocery shopping bill each week!

December 11, 2012 7:59 pm

These are so deliciously major. I’d eat far too many of ’em!

December 11, 2012 10:25 pm

Shelly, these sound delious! Would it be ok to make the dough and refrigerate to make another day?

December 11, 2012 11:37 pm

These cookies are what COOKIES are all about!
The perfect cookie!

December 11, 2012 11:37 pm

And did I mention I could spend like an entire day on your blog!

December 11, 2012 11:50 pm


December 13, 2012 4:13 pm

I made these yesterday…They were AMAZING!! Thanks for the awesome recipe! :o)

December 13, 2012 4:36 pm

Thank you for classic brown sugar frosting ! It does not get enough attention, IMHO. My family is from the south and the Midwest, so as a child brown sugar frosting appeared at least a few times per year, but my daughter had it for the first time, at 10 years old, at my grandmother’s funeral luncheon. It was pretty amazing, because my grandmother frequently made that frosting and I associated it with her, and there at the luncheon was a big chocolate cake, covered in it. I told my daughter “you are going to like this” and ever since… Read more »

December 13, 2012 9:30 pm

oh I’m totally with you on the cookie season! these cookies sound great!

December 14, 2012 8:43 am

It’s totally cookie season lol! These are the most beautiful cookies, I love a good classic and that frosting looks incredible.
Gorgeous photos!

December 14, 2012 9:50 am

Shelly, I am saddened to say I have never had brown sugar frosting. Something I will have to remedy immediately with this mouth watering recipe :) Does the frosting set up firm? I am guessing it does because you were able to pile your cookies in the photo. Brown sugar gives cookies such wonderful chewy texture and usually keeps the cookie moist for a good while. Do you think these would make good cookies for mailing? Thanks!


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December 15, 2012 2:42 pm

Good-bye regular old sugar cookies, hello brown sugar cookies! I love brown sugar and can’t believe I’ve never tried this myself. Thanks for the inspiration! They look so good, I can already taste them.

December 15, 2012 6:12 pm

these look amazing! i’m in the process of making them right now – at the step where i’m trying not to stick my face into a pan of butter and brown sugar… anyway, is it really 1.5 tbsp of vanilla? seems like a lot, but maybe it’s supposed to be!

December 16, 2012 9:28 am

Love this recipe! Will be linking back to this in my upcoming post :)


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December 16, 2012 10:12 pm

Oh.My.Gosh. These look so good, I can’t even stand it. Adding them to the cookie baking list NOW.

December 17, 2012 11:01 am

I just made these for Christmas and they’re fantastic!!!

December 18, 2012 5:00 pm

I just made these today; they turned out wonderful! They were a huge hit with the family, Thank you!

December 21, 2012 7:44 pm

These cookies did not turn out, though I followed the recipe exactly. At 12 minutes they were still dough. They were burned somewhere between 1-2 minutes later. Any ideas where It went wrong?

December 28, 2012 1:54 pm

Thank you for this delicious recipe, I used your recipe to make a lemon cardamom brown sugar cookie. The recipe I originally saw was for putting in a cookie mold, and it was a dry awful dough, but I liked the flavor. By changing your recipe …..the vanilla to 1 TBLS instead of one and a half, adding the zest of one lemon, and 1/2 tsp. of ground cardamom…it made a wonderful chewy cookie, that I wouldn’t even want to frost
thanks again!

Ms. Vickie
January 3, 2013 11:09 pm

I just made these for my family and – oh my! They are definitely one of the best cookies I have ever had! Thanks so much for sharing!

January 4, 2013 10:52 pm

I saw this recipe on pintrest and I just finished baking the last batch. This is the best brown sugar cookie recipe on earth. My husband loves them.

January 12, 2013 12:06 pm

Thanks for posting. I will make these today. How much regular sugar do you use? Your recipes don’t match.

January 17, 2013 7:09 pm

It’s been snowing for 48 hours straight. I think that there is a law that I must bake something in this weather and it is indeed cookie season in my house. I have the butter cooling as we speak. Well, as I type because we really aren’t speaking. Although in my head you do speak to me. Not in a crazy, creeper- stalker way, but in a normal not scary way.

January 18, 2013 11:14 pm

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! These are some of the BEST cookies I’ve ever made!!! :)