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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

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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


For the cookies

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp maple or vanilla extract
  • 4 ¼ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp 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 and maple extract.
  • Finish with the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  • Using a 2-ounce cookie scoop, place cookies on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake in preheated oven until puffed and just set in the middle, 10-12 minutes.
  • Remove and cool on 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.
  • Remove from heat and whisk in powdered sugar and buttermilk. Start with less buttermilk and add more as needed.
  • Finish with extract and whisk until smooth.
  • 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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