Brown Sugar Cookies

Brown Sugar Cookie Recipe

A variation on the classic sugar cookie, these brown sugar cookies are just a little deeper and richer than its inspiration.–Gretchen Holt-Witt

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A batch of these brown sugar cookies takes less than an hour, start to finish. Uh, what are you waiting for?

Brown Sugar Cookie Recipe

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  • 20 M
  • 45 M
  • Makes 4 dozen


  • 1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • 1. Preheat the oven to 375˚F (190°C).
  • 2. Beat the butter and sugar in the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle until smooth and creamy. Add the egg and beat well. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Dump the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices in a separate bowl and mix well. Add to the butter mixture and beat on low speed until everything is incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat again.
  • 3. Drop large teaspoonfuls of the dough on a baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake until the edges of the cookies are just beginning to brown, 8 to 12 minutes. If you prefer crisp cookies, let them cool on the sheet; if you prefer soft, chewy cookies, transfer them to a wire rack to cool. Let the baking sheet cool completely between batches and repeat with the remaining dough.
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Recipe Testers Reviews

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Trista C.

Oct 20, 2011

I this these brown sugar cookies recipe. They were quick and easy to make, and all the ingredients are usually in my pantry. Confession: I accidentally bought light brown sugar instead of dark brown sugar, so that’s what I used, and the cookies were still wonderful. I got barely two dozen cookies, although the recipe said it would make 48. I prefer my cookies softer, so I only baked them for eight minutes, just until they started browning. These will become part of my regular rotation.

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Natalie Reebel

Oct 20, 2011

These brown sugar cookies are a real keeper. This recipe results in a rich buttery cookie with a great chewy texture. They are so simple; you don’t even need to plan on making them. I loved that the dough did not require refrigeration. The list of ingredients is so short, I did not expect a complex cookie flavor, but these are downright delicious. They do not need chocolate chips or any other addition. This makes for a wonderful fall or winter cookie.

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Sandy Hill

Oct 20, 2011

These Brown Sugar Cookies were a delicious little drop cookie! These cookies were spicy and very chewy. The dark brown sugar made them taste like molasses cookies. They were super with a glass of milk! The recipe went together quickly and didn’t require any chilling of the dough. Drop cookies are the way to go when you’re in a hurry. The cookies did seem very flat after they came out of the oven and started cooling. This wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, because as they stuck together you just had to eat more!

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Lisa O.

Oct 20, 2011

This is a delicious brown sugar cookie, and a really easy recipe with great results. I made half the batch using the “crispy” method (cooling on the sheet) and half using the “soft” method (wire rack cooling), and both were wonderful. I also think it’s a versatile recipe — you could add toasted pecans or raisins, etc. If you make them soft, they would make awesome little Ice Cream Sandwiches! That’s what I’m going to do next, for sure. One small tip: It seemed weird to make cookies without vanilla, so I added about one teaspoon to the recipe when I added the egg. Yum!

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Maria Peplowski

Oct 20, 2011

Very, very tasty cookies. Although there are just a few ingredients, these cookies have a really well-rounded taste. The taste of ginger and cinnamon is not pronounced — just sits there in the background. Really quite good. They are also quite easy to make. When I started to drop them by “large teaspoonfuls” on to the baking sheet, I got to about 50 cookies and realized that they should probably be a little larger. I then made them with a 1-tablespoon measure and got 14 more. Both were equally delicious. The small ones took 8 minutes to bake, and the larger ones took about 11.

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Sofia Reino

Oct 20, 2011

What a simple, fast, yet delicious brown sugar cookie recipe filling our home with the nice scents of ginger and cinnamon. As soon as I took them out of the oven, a few hands came straight to the wire rack to try them, even warm. These cookies are not overly sweet and have a slight taste of cinnamon and ginger that is not overpowering. They feel very light and certainly are tasty. Something tells me they will not last until tomorrow. The recipe says it makes 4 dozen, but I was only able to make 40 of them.

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Sheri C.

Oct 20, 2011

These cookies are terrific. They're buttery and slightly aromatic from the warm spices, but not as strongly flavored as a molasses cookie. I loved this take on the classic sugar cookie, and everyone who tried one loved it. I think the texture of the dough benefits from some time in the refrigerator before baking.

  1. Diane createdbydiane says:

    They look delicious!

    • Beth Price, LC Director of Recipe Testing says:

      Please let us know if you try them, Diane. We would love to hear your thoughts.

  2. Teddy Big says:

    Wonderful looking cookies. It looks crisp, delicious and definitely nutritious than other cookies. Had read that brown sugar is more nutritious than the polished white sugar. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. CookieBaker says:

    I just baked these cookies and they are fantastic! The texture is tender and cakey and the brown sugar flavor is light and aromatic. Lovely.

    • Renee Schettler Rossi, LC Editor-in-Chief says:

      So lovely to hear you’re swooning to them as much as we did, CookieBaker…

  4. Hilary says:

    Wow, those really are brown sugar cookies! I usually make these because they’re more buttery and rich than a regular sugar cookie, and now I can’t wait to try yours!

    Thanks for sharing!


    • Beth Price, LC Director of Recipe Testing says:

      Hi Hilary, it sounds like you are a sugar cookie expert! Can’t wait to hear what you think about these.


  5. Lisa Craig says:

    I was thinking of what cookie to make with what was already in my pantry. I was so happy to see this recipe and am excited to try it this weekend. Will let you know.

    • Julie Dreyfoos, LC Production Manager says:

      Do let us know Lisa what you think, this is such a great cookie with the simplest of ingredients.

    • LIndsay Myers says:

      I hope you love them, Lisa. I can’t stop thinking of what I could do with those…crumble them over a sundae, make ice cream sandwiches, dip ’em in strong coffee…but they are also so fabulous on their own. Have fun!

      • Lisa Craig says:

        Ladies, the last batch are cooling right now. They turned out amazing!! Thank you so much. My family loves them. Keep up the great work!!

  6. Sasha says:

    These were delicious cookies i actually enjoyed the cookie dough more haha!!! But it was really amazing , easy , simple , non-messy, and fast! THANK YOU! <3

    • Julie Dreyfoos, LC Production Manager says:

      You’re welcome, Sasha, glad you enjoyed this simple cookie and the dough…sometimes the dough is just the best.

  7. Heather P says:

    I was looking for an easy recipe that would use the brown sugar and flour I had in the house. I made these today. They are amazing! So good! I loved that I didn’t have to roll out the dough, etc. I let them bake right up to 12 minutes so they would have a crunch. Before I baked them I rolled them in a vanilla sugar mix. I might try a cinnamon sugar mix next time, like snickerdoodles. Will definitely make again!

    • Renee Schettler Rossi says:

      Terrific and lovely to hear, Heather P. And I like your proposed snickerdoodle tactic quite a lot…

  8. Janet Smithson says:

    I had high hopes for these reading the reviews. They tasted great but proved to be challenged by altitude. At 6000 ft they flattened out to almost paper thin wafers.

    • Sandy Hill says:

      I tested the cookie (Sandy Hill) and my evaluation is above. I also had a very flat cookie in high altitude. I’m not sure about the chemistry involved, but any cookie I make that has a significant amount of butter and sugar ratio always seems to be flatter than they were in Texas at low altitude. It seems to happen more often with a cookie that has BROWN sugar–and especially dark brown sugar. More molasses in the brown sugar?? I don’t have any real suggestions, but we can just enjoy our flat cookies in the mountains!

  9. Anna E. says:

    I really love the recipe. Could you, please, tell me how long can these cookies stay fresh and “ok to eat”? I am planning to give it as a part of a chistmas present but I’m wondering if the cookies can last more than a week. Thank you!

    • David Leite says:

      Anna E., I think three to four days is best for ultimate flavor. That said, if you’re mailing them, they will last a week, but they may dry out a bit.

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