Brown Sugar Cookies

This amazing brown sugar cookie is a variation of the classic sugar cookie, adding dark brown sugar, cinnamon, and ginger. Just try and keep the kids away.

A wooden table with a pink gingham bag with 7 brown sugar cookies in it and a label.

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

The last instruction in these cookies tells you to let the cookie cool on the sheets before starting the next batch. And then letting the cookie sheets themselves cool. Why would anyone ever be so fussy? This step leads to the most perfect cookie texture of all time–crisp edges and chewy insides. These cookies puff in the oven and then collapse as they cool, forming those gorgeous cracks across the top.

Then, letting the cookies cool on the pan for the time called for helps them set and ensures the perfect texture. And starting cold cookie dough on a hot cookie sheet means that your cookies are going to spread in the oven. You’ll definitely end up with large flat cookies–possibly even one enormous, very flat cookie.

Brown Sugar Cookies

A wooden table with a pink gingham bag with 7 brown sugar cookies in it and a label.
This amazing brown sugar cookie is a variation of the classic sugar cookie, adding dark brown sugar, cinnamon, and ginger. Just try and keep the kids away.
Gretchen Holt-Witt

Prep 20 mins
Cook 25 mins
Total 45 mins
Dessert
American
48 servings
68 kcal
4.72 / 7 votes
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Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 sticks (6 oz) 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

Directions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375˚F (190°C).
  • 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.
  • 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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Show Nutrition

Serving: 1portionCalories: 68kcal (3%)Carbohydrates: 10g (3%)Protein: 1g (2%)Fat: 3g (5%)Saturated Fat: 2g (13%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 11mg (4%)Sodium: 73mg (3%)Potassium: 16mgFiber: 1g (4%)Sugar: 6g (7%)Vitamin A: 94IU (2%)Vitamin C: 1mg (1%)Calcium: 7mg (1%)Iron: 1mg (6%)

Recipe Testers’ Reviews

I love these brown sugar cookies. 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.

These brown sugar cookies are a real keeper. This recipe results in a rich buttery cookie with a great chewy texture. They’re so simple; you don’t even need to plan to make them. I loved that the dough didn’t require refrigeration.

The list of ingredients is so short, I didn’t expect such a complex cookie flavor, but these are downright delicious. They don’t need chocolate chips or any other addition. This makes for a wonderful fall or winter cookie.

These brown sugar cookies were a delicious little drop cookie! They were spicy, very chewy, and super with a glass of milk. The dark brown sugar made them taste like molasses cookies. The recipe came 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!

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!

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 isn’t 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” onto 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.

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.

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.

Originally published October 20, 2011

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Comments

  1. Gonna give these a try when my grandson gets home from school this afternoon.

    LOVE Heather’s suggestion of rolling the dough á la snickerdoodles. Will have a few hours to decide if it should be vanilla or cinnamon sugar.

      1. 5 stars
        They’re really good! A great choice for kids because the method is so simple and direct and the flavor, likewise, is simple and straightforward. Also very attractive with the pleasant crackled surface.

        We went for the crispy approach letting them come to room temperature on the warm cookie sheet on a wire rack. What a satisfying texture! We also used Heather’s suggestion of rolling them in vanilla sugar (we used powdered vanilla tossed into granulated sugar). I’m not sure we tasted the vanilla — otherwise missing from the recipe — but I believe the sugar added to the crunch of the finished cookies.

        You can see in the photo there was quite a bit of “sampling”.

        He’s taking the rest of the dough home to impress mom and dad with his baking skills. ; >

  2. 4 stars
    These cookies are awesome! We got the ingredients right and everything but the cookies stayed small so I was wondering why they did that and maybe we didn’t use enough butter, etc. Im not that old yet but I love cooking and your recipes are great.

    1. Adelynn, thank you for your sweet comment! Actually, not all cookies spread into wide cookies during baking. Whether they do or not has a lot to do with the precise proportion of dry ingredients to butter, as you suggested, and also the temperature of the butter that you use when you mix the ingredients. These cookies tend not to spread a lot. So if you’d like larger cookies, perhaps use a little more dough for each blob that you place on the baking sheet and start to spread them around a little using the back of a spoon.

  3. 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!

  4. 4 stars
    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.

    1. 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!

  5. 5 stars
    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!

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