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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.

Brown sugar cookies with frosting

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.

Melted butter in a saucepanThen 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…

Brown sugar mixed with browned butter in a saucepanMix that up with your eggs and vanilla and all and pour it into your dry ingredients…
Melted brown sugar mixture being poured into a mixing bowl of dry ingredientsMix 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…
Brown sugar cookie dough ball being rolled in a bowl of brown sugarBake them up.
Brown sugar cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheetThen you should definitely frost them.
A stack of frosted brown sugar cookiesCheers to brown food.

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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.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 251
  • Sugar: 33.6 g
  • Sodium: 84.6 mg
  • Fat: 8.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 42.8 g
  • Protein: 1.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 29.4 mg

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95 comments on “Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies”

  1. I flattened the balls and they baked much better.I used a medium cookie scoop and got the right number of balls. They are ok without the frosting.
    Will mix up frosting and give it a try.

  2. I wonder if I got the recipe wrong in regards to the frosting….I sifted then measured the powdered sugar and the frosting was very runny, so I added more powdered sugar. Was I supposed to measure then sift?

  3. do you have to use kosher salt? never heard of that in all my baking years in fact i hardly use salt at all. anxious to try

    1. I like to use kosher salt because it’s a coarser grain salt and it helps me control the amount I am adding better. If you are using table salt decrease the amount by 1/4 teaspoon.

  4. Beautiful little tasty delectimundos. The one thing I did wrong that I regret is that I used unsalted butter. Mine were flat because of this I think. Just wanted to pass that on for anyone who gives a poop.

  5. I’d been wanting to try these for some time, but was waiting for an “occasion”. Silly me… finally couldn’t wait any longer yest & just made them “for us”. OMG!!! SOOOO good!!

  6. I can’ trait to make these cookies. My Mom has been making a pumpkin cookie with a brown sugar frosting for 30 years. I always loved the frosting but the cookies were a little too cakey so looking forward to trying the chewy combination with the brown sugar frosting….sounds like a match made in heaven.

  7. I just saw these on pinterest made by another blogger. When I saw that she adapted the recipe from you I had to come & see, then make them. Glad I did. They are AWESOME & I’ll be making these for our fundraiser at work because I know anything that I make of yours will sell out fast. Thanks Shelly!

  8. Holy yum. So so good! I thought they might be a little plain, but man was I wrong. The sugar coating was a lovely touch too.
    Just in case someone’s like me and new to browning butter, it bubbles quite ferociously if you don’t keep swirling or stirring (even on my gas hob’s lowest setting).

    Thank you! 🙂

  9. I usually NEVER comment after reading a recipe, but I have to share what my roommate thought about them.

    “Oh…oh my God…wow..that’s…ohh…are there more?”

    These are AMAZING. Can’t wait to bribe people with them!

    Thank you!

  10. Hey maybe you didn’t see my message.. I’d like to make these again today and hoped they would turn out better please see my previous comment. Thanks.
    Ps the frosting was so great. Omg.

    1. I made these today and had the same problems mentioned by a couple of commenters. Dough too crumbly, staying in balls as it cooked, and not being chewy. After my first dozen I knew I had to make some changes. I added 2 tablespoons of whole milk and the cookies were so much easier to form. Then before they went in I flattened them out with a glass. The cooking time was reduced (mine took 7 but my cookies were small). With these changes they tasted so much better…and looked like the picture. I don’t know if it is because my eggs were smaller, or because I am at a high elevation…but I followed the recipe to a T and kept checking over and over to make sure I hadn’t missed anything. They sure turned out yummy after I modified it just a bit.

  11. Just Made these. At 10 mins my cookies were still balls I took then out and flattened them and put them back for a few more mins. They taste really nice bet not chewy. Not sure what I did wrong as followed your recipe. I was a little confused though as in your intro you say to mix the eggs into the flour and in the step by step it says the other way round. Would that make a difference? Thanks!

  12. I made these cookies last night, and they taste very good, but are not chewy. I followed the directions, but even as I was making them, I thought I must have screwed something up. The dough was very crumbly and I had to kneed each ball into my hand to make them stick together. Maybe my eggs were too small or something? I figured it needed more liquid, or fat, or something. Anyone else encounter this problem?

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