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Brown Sugar Cookies Recipe:

This classic recipe is super easy and really delicious. This simple brown sugar cookie recipe makes the best treat and takes very little time. The ingredient list is simple but the results are so tasty. 

The cookies are light and fluffy. Each bite is soft and chewy. Sometimes we just want something sweet and this is my go to recipe. I almost always have all the ingredients and can whip these up quickly. 

The kids love them and we make these year round.  They are great for holidays, cookie exchanges and more. In less than 30 minutes, you can have homemade brown sugar cookies.

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Does Brown Sugar Make Cookies Softer?

Brown sugar adds flavor and moisture to your cookies. Adding more brown sugar to your cookies than white sugar makes them softer. This recipe is so simple to make.

There is no need to kneed the dough. Just mix and drop the cookies on a prepared baking sheet. The results are super moist and soft cookies that will last for several days.

Ingredients needed - butter, brown sugar, eggs, flour, baking soda, cornstarch, salt, cinnamon, vanilla, sugar
  • Butter, softened at room temperature
  • Light Brown Sugar (See Homemade Brown Sugar)
  • Eggs
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Baking Soda
  • Corn Starch
  • Salt
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Granulated Sugar, for topping

How to Make Brown Sugar Cookies:

  • Step 1 – Preheat the oven to 350 to 375 degrees F.
  • Step 2 – In a medium bowl, cream together the shortening and brown sugar with a hand held mixture or stand up mixture. Add in the egg yolk and vanilla extract.
  • Step 3 – Mix until thoroughly combined and smooth.  Combine the flour, baking soda, corn starch, cinnamon and salt together in a separate bowl.
the process of mixing ingredients and adding the cookie balls to the baking sheet and baking
  • Step 4 – Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients by hand.  Roll dough into one inch sized balls or use a cookie scoop, then roll the balls into the granulated sugar.
  • Step 5 – Place them onto a cookie sheet and bake 10-12 minutes.
  • Step 6 – Let the cookies set for 5 minutes on the pan and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!
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Tips for Brown Sugar Cookies:

  • Butter – Make sure before mixing ingredients that you butter has come to room temperature. It shouldn’t be melted but enough softened that you can imprint the butter.
  • Mixing Ingredients – We recommend using a stand mixer or a hand held mixture to combine ingredients.
  • Ingredients – Combine the wet and dry ingredients separately before mixing together.
  • Roll Balls – After creating cookie balls, we like to roll the balls in granulated sugar. You can also roll in sprinkles for a fun and festive cookie.
  • Bake –After baking cookies, allow cookies to rest for about 5 minutes on the baking sheet. This allows them to finish cooking.
  • Brown Sugar – We used light brown sugar for this cookies, but you can also use dark brown sugar.
  • Chocolate Chip – If you prefer, you can add in some chocolate chips for a delicious chocolate flavor.

How do you know when Cookies are Done?

These brown sugar cookies are done when they have a firm, golden brown edge and a set on top. If the edges become a dark brown, then they are over cooked. If edges are not golden and have a shiny top then they need to cook longer.

Once they are done baking, allow cookies to finish cooking on the baking sheet after removing from oven. This allows for the perfectly baked cookie.

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How long do Brown Sugar Cookies last?

As long as you store the cookies in an airtight container, they will last about a week. However, ours never last that long because we eat them all.

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How to Store:

We recommend storing brown sugar cookies at room temperature in an air tight container. This is a staple holiday cookie, so I like to place in a Christmas Cookie Jar. They will last about a week if stored properly.

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How to Freeze:

Brown Sugar Cookies are a classic holiday cookie or anytime of the year. We love to make the cookies ahead of time and freeze. You can prepare the dough and freeze it or make the cookies and freeze.

Freezing Cookie Dough Balls:

  • Flash freeze the unbaked cookie dough balls on a cookie sheet in the freezer. This normally takes 2 to 3 hours.
  • Then place the cookies in a freezer container or bag. Freeze up to 2 months.
  • Bake as normal when ready to enjoy. You may need to add 2 to 3 minutes to the baking time if frozen.

Freezing Cooked Cookies:

  • Allow the cookies to cool completely and store inside a freezer container.
  • Separate the cookies with parchment paper so they do not stick to each other. Freeze up to a month and thaw overnight on the counter when ready to enjoy.

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Brown sugar cookies

5 from 14 votes
You probably already have what you need to make Brown sugar cookie recipe. These cookies are soft and chewy and simply amazing.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cool 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 24
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 188

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • In a medium bowl, cream together the shortening and brown sugar with a hand held mixture or stand up mixture. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract. Mix until thoroughly combined and smooth.
  • Combe the flour, baking soda, corn starch, cinnamon and salt together in a separate bowl.
  • Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients by hand.
  • Roll dough into one inch sized balls, then roll the balls into the granulated sugar.
  • Place them onto a cookie sheet and bake 10-12 minutes.
  • Let the cookies set for 5 minutes on the pan and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 188kcal, Carbohydrates 27g, Protein 2g, Fat 8g, Saturated Fat 5g, Cholesterol 34mg, Sodium 171mg, Potassium 41mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 16g, Vitamin A 256IU, Calcium 18mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Every year I make a “new to me” and this one was chosen, so simple to make. But most of all these were so amazing, soft and reminds me of a snickerdoodle but with more of a mapley flavor from the brown sugar..This is for sure a keeper.

  2. 5 stars
    I really love these cookies and they turned out wonderfully. They reminded me of a cookie my mom used to make that I never could find the recipe for. These are as close as I have ever found so thank you for that.