Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies

These Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies are some of my favorites – they’re simple yet so satisfying. If you love soft cookies with smooth frosting, this recipe is perfect for you!

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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.


How to Make The Best Brown Sugar Cookies

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

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


These Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies are some of my favorites – they’re simple yet so satisfying. If you love soft cookies with smooth frosting, this recipe is perfect for you!



  • 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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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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94 Responses
  1. 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!

  2. Shani

    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 she has talked about it frequently.

    I made jam cake with this frosting at Thanksgiving, but these cookies will be even better for packing in lunches, or grabbing as a perfect sized treat.

    I have had the frosting on a soft cookie, but never a chewey cookie. Thank you for giving me a new way to enjoy, and share this special confection with my family !

  3. Lori

    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!

  4. Lori

    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

  5. Alisha

    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.

  6. 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!!

  7. Leah

    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.

    1. shelly

      Umm, well these cookies are actually made from a recipe that I made earlier in the year that I did indeed post the link to. And why would you “be surprised” that I was capable of developing recipes? When I adapt a recipe from a source I always make a point to credit the source.

      1. Leah

        I think you misunderstood what I said. I actually checked the link to the other cookie, and read the entire post, and maybe I’m just not reading carefully enough, but I did not see a link listed. Could you tell me where to find it? And also, who sits around thinking, “Hmm…2 cups of flour plus 2 eggs and a cup of sugar would require what amount of baking powder?” I didn’t mean this as an insult, I was genuinely interested in seeing the original source and you have developed many great recipes on your own.

        1. shelly

          Well, as a baking blogger who bakes as a job almost everyday of the week I actually do sit around thinking about cookie recipes, and how much sugar, flour baking soda etc. This original cookie recipe is one that I came up with while wanting to include browned butter in a sugar cookie…honestly, most cookie recipes are very similar, mixing butter, sugar and flour in different ways is where you have to get creative. I hope this answers your question.

          1. I can say that I too sit around and think about how much flour to butter to baking soda.. I mean, that’s how recipes get created. All the recipes in the world haven’t yet been invented, but when it comes to baking, it’s chemistry, and there are specific formulas that have been worked out and should be followed. Like you said, Shelly, the creativity comes from what you do beyond the formulas.

            If sitting around thinking about butter, sugar, flour, and baking soda all day makes me weird and abnormal, well, I’m okay with that.

        2. Karmen

          I have just tried these for the first time! They are delicious!! I will try them again because I think I made a mistake somewhere… However, even with the mess up, they are still fabulous!!! Thank you for your creative mind!! 🙂

      2. Kila

        I just tried to make these – cookies taste awsome (they will only crisper when you take them OUT of the oven thats whymyourn overcooking them guys !! ) but my attempt at the icing was awful – I followed the recipe EXACTLY and I’ve added about 1/2 the sugar so far maybe a but more but it’s all sugar ?? What am I doing wrong it’s doesn’t look frosty ?? It’s dark and horrible 🙁

  8. 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!

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