Brown Butter Sugar Cookie Recipe

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Brown Butter Sugar Cookie Recipe

Today I am sharing a simple and easy brown butter sugar cookie recipe. This is a great easy baking treat to make with the little ones, for a bake sale and is a fun recipe to bake in the kitchen or classroom. 

Brown butter sugar cookies are not that hard to make and with this recipe you’ll be whipping up batch after batch in no time. Enjoy! 

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Cooking Times for These Sugar Cookies

Prep: 15 min

Bake: 8 min

Makes: 36 cookies

Brown Butter Brown Sugar Cookies Recipe Ingredients


  • 3 C flour (sifted)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 C sweet cream unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 C packed brown sugar (either light or dark)
  • 3 eggs (large)
  • 1 TBSP vanilla
  • 1/4 C sugar
  • Small saucepan
  • 2+ cookie sheets
  • electric stand mixer w/mixing bowl
  • 1 small bowl
  • 1- drinking glass (w/1/2 in bottom)

How to Make Brown Sugar Cookies

Add the butter to a small saucepan over medium heat.

Carefully watch the butter as it melts and then simmers. Stir occasionally.

Check to confirm when the butter particles in the bottom of the pot turn into a dark teddy bear brown. And the butter has turned to a light brown. Turn off the heat.

It should have a nutty smell. (Not a burnt smell)

Transfer the butter to the refrigerator until it has solidified again.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line the cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a mixing bowl begin to add the firm brown sugar. (Scrape all of the dark particles from the saucepan that was in the refrigerator)

Add the brown sugar into the same mixing bowl.

Beat on high until the ingredients become light and fluffy. (about 5 min) There may be a few brown sugar lumps left. That’s okay.

Reduce the mixer speed to low while scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl. Add in the eggs, vanilla, baking powder, and salt.

Continue the mixing until the mixture is well blended. Slowly begin to add the flour, small amounts are a time.

Turn off the mixer when the mixture looks smooth.

Add the sugar to a small bowl.

Using a small ice cream or cookie scoop (about 1 1/2 tablespoon size).

Scoop out the cookie dough.

Roll the scooped cookie dough into balls. Roll the cookie balls in the sugar.

Roll each cookie ball into the bowl of sugar making sure that the cookie ball is well coated with sugar.

Begin placing the sugar cookie balls on the prepared cookie sheets. Place the cookies about 2 inches apart on the cookie sheets.

With the bottom of a glass press the dough balls into 1/2 inch flat disks.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

(The edges of the cookies should be golden but the center of the cookie will be slightly under-baked.)

Allow the cookies to cool completely while remaining on the cookie sheets

These sugar cookies will make a great treat or baking gift. I’m sure.

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