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There are two groups of cookie lovers: those who like crispy ones and those who like soft ones. Usually, I am team crispy. Well, actually, I want crispy edges with a soft and chewy center. These cookies aren’t fully on either side; they’re definitely more cake-like but still almost chewy in the center. Did I just hear you say perfection? I think of these as a homey cookie that any all-star grandma would have made. But to finish them off, I had to add my favorite brown butter icing. Cookies plus icing equals happiness, right?

The frosting is the gilding on top of amazing cookies, and when I say melt in your mouth, I mean it!

Watch how to make these brown sugar cookies.

Sugar cookies with frosting sit on a parchment-lined pan.

Brown Sugar Cookies

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An excellent balance of crispy and chewy, these cookies are a delicious treat. The use of brown sugar gives it hints of molasses flavoring, while buttermilk icing tops it all off, forming a comforting delight.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 46 minutes
Servings 24 cookies


For the cookies

  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp maple or vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 4 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp kosher salt

For the frosting

  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-3 tbsp buttermilk
  • 1 tsp maple or vanilla extract


For the cookies

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In an electric stand mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the eggs, maple extract, and buttermilk. Finish with the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and mix until just combined.
    1 cup unsalted butter, 2 cups light brown sugar, 2 large eggs, 1 cup buttermilk, 1 tsp maple or vanilla extract, 4 ¼ cups all-purpose flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 2 tsp baking powder, ½ tsp kosher salt
  • Using a 2-ounce cookie scoop, place cookies on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake in preheated 350°F oven until puffed and just set in the middle, 10-12 minutes. Remove and cool on the pan for 5 minutes. Finish cooling on rack. While baking and cooling, make brown butter frosting.

For the frosting

  • Melt butter over medium heat. Continue to cook until the foaming subsides and butter turns a brown nutty color, 6-8 minutes.
    ½ cup unsalted butter
  • Remove the butter from the heat and whisk in powdered sugar and buttermilk. Start with less buttermilk and add more as needed. Finish with extract and whisk until smooth.
    2 cups powdered sugar, 1-3 tbsp buttermilk, 1 tsp maple or vanilla extract
  • Spread a generous amount on warm cookies.


Serving: 1cookieCalories: 298kcal
Course Cookies
Cuisine American
Difficulty Easy
Method Baking
A sugar cookie with icing on a pan.
Cookies with icing on parchment paper.
Icing on a sugar cookie.

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