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.

PhotobucketThen 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…

PhotobucketMix that up with your eggs and vanilla and all and pour it into your dry ingredients…
PhotobucketMix 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…
PhotobucketBake them up.
PhotobucketThen you should definitely frost them.
PhotobucketCheers to brown food.


Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies with Brown Sugar Frosting


makes approx 24 cookies



  • 14 tablespoons salted butter (1 3/4 sticks)
  • 1 3/4 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar


  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 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 1 3/4 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 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/4 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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Cassie | Bake Your Day

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


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

Averie @ Averie Cooks

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!


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.



Blog is the New Black

Wow, this looks fantastic!

Julie @ Table for Two

omg, i want to eat that entire TOWER.

Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

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!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar



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


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!!

Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen

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!


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.


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


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.

Colleen @ What

Yessssssssss. That is all.

Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

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

Kim@Treats & Trinkets

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.


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

Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more

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!


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!


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


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

Laura Dembowski

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.


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!

Lori @ RecipeGirl

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


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


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


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




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

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 »
Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake

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


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


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!

Marcie @ Flavor The Moments

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.


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!


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

Katherine R.

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


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


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


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?


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

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!


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.


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


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.


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


The recipe you provided is terrible!!! The cookies look great, but please put the correct recipe up!!!!


While these cookies were considerably more time consuming than most drop cookies I normally make, they were very sweet, very soft and very good.