Browned Butter Brown Sugar Cookies

Browned Butter Brown Sugar Cookies {Sweet Pea's Kitchen}

I admit that I might have a browned butter obsession. Every recipe that I come across that uses browned butter I immediately pin. I just love the rich, nutty flavor that it gives baked goods. It wasn’t until I made the Roasted Banana Bars with Browned Butter–Pecan Frosting that I first used brown butter in a recipe. From that point on, it became one of my favorites! Who knew that something so easy as cooking butter would be life changing!

Browned Butter Brown Sugar Cookies {Sweet Pea's Kitchen}

With nutty, caramel notes from the browned butter and a fair amount of salt and vanilla to balance the flavors, these cookies are incredible. The most improtant thing I can tell you when making these cookies is to make sure that you use fresh brown sugar. I’m talking, just opened the bag fresh! If you use older (harder and drier) brown sugar, the cookies may turn out too dry.

Browned Butter Brown Sugar Cookies {Sweet Pea's Kitchen}

Browned Butter Brown Sugar Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen cookies


14 tablespoons salted butter
1 3/4 cups packed light brown sugar, plus 2 tablespoons
2 cups all purpose flour, plus 2 tablespoons
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla
2 tablespoons granulated sugar


In a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter. Continue cooking, swirling pan constantly until butter is dark golden brown and has nutty aroma, 1 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a large heatproof bowl. Let cool for 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350° and Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the browned butter and 1 3/4 cups brown sugar until combined and no lumps remain, about 2 minutes.
Add egg, yolk and vanilla and mix until smooth, about 30 seconds. Add half of the flour mixture and mix for 15 seconds. Add the remaining flour mixture and beat until just incorporated.
Place the remaining 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and 2 tablespoons of sugar for rolling in a shallow bowl. Roll one heaping tablespoon of dough into ball between your palms, roll the ball in the sugar, and then place it on the prepared baking sheet spacing the balls about 2 inches apart (you should be able to fit 12 cookies on each sheet).
Bake cookies one sheet at a time, until tops are puffy and slightly cracked, about 10 to 12 minutes. . Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack and let the cookies cool on the sheet for 2 minutes, then using a wide metal spatula, transfer the cookies to the rack to cool completely.

Recipe Note: Use fresh brown sugar, as older (harder and drier) brown sugar will make the cookies too dry.

Source: adapted from Cookies and Cups

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10 Responses to “Browned Butter Brown Sugar Cookies”

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    Laura Dembowski — October 14, 2013 @ 7:42 am

    Such a simple cookie, but I bet it really packs in flavor. Great twist on traditional sugar cookies.

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    Rachel — October 29, 2013 @ 11:35 am

    Just made these this morning and they are wonderful! Rich and chewy and caramel-y, Thanks for the recipe!

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    Dina — November 13, 2013 @ 8:34 pm

    they look yummy!

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    Mel Baker — November 16, 2013 @ 3:54 pm

    Loved these! I was looking for something with sea salt so I just lightly dipped the tops of these in some coarse ground sea salt before putting them on the cookie sheet. They were a hit!

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    Melissa — November 20, 2013 @ 10:12 pm

    Just made these they are delicious! Great recipe

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    Cassandra — December 16, 2013 @ 8:56 pm

    They were amazing! I found rolling them in the brown sugar mixture to be difficult, so i just left that step out. I have to say, the ones that were rolled were incredible, just not worth the mess and hassle.

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    Noelle — January 22, 2014 @ 8:10 am

    Omg these are DELICIOUS!!! As my mothe said these are one of her favorites. They have just the right sweetness! Thanks so much for this recipe!!!!!!!!!

    • Christina replied: — January 23rd, 2014 @ 3:53 pm

      Yay! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed the cookies Noelle! Thanks so much for letting me know how they turned out for you! :)

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    Naomi — July 13, 2014 @ 4:57 pm

    I just made these and they turned out superb. I’m saving this recipe for Christmas baking. I rolled half in the sugar concoction and sprinkled half with sea salt. Next time, if I bake them for winter time I may add a tad bit of Nutmeg and Cinnamon. Thanks for sharing this!!!

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