Brown Sugar Cookies are soft, chewy, and full of flavor, making them a favorite among both kids and adults. The brown sugar glaze recipe adds a rich sweetness that perfectly complements the cookie’s texture and taste.
To make these iced sugar cookies, all you need is a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. The dough comes together quickly and easily, and the glaze recipe is a breeze to make. The result is a batch of cookies that are sure to impress your family and friends, and that will quickly become a staple in your baking repertoire.
Easy Brown Sugar Cookies
Whether you’re looking for a sweet treat to enjoy in the evening, or you need an easy dessert to bring to a potluck or party, these brown sugar icing cookies are the perfect choice. They’re versatile, delicious, and easy to make, making them a great option for busy bakers who want to whip up something sweet in a hurry.
Baking with brown sugar has many benefits that make it a popular ingredient in many baked goods, including cookies. Brown sugar contains molasses, which helps to retain moisture in baked goods. This makes brown sugar ideal for baking cookies, as it helps to keep them soft and chewy. Brown sugar enhances the flavor, texture, and nutritional value of your cookies, making it a staple in many kitchens!
Why You’ll Love This Easy Cookie Recipe
- Minimal ingredients. From start to finish you’ll only need 8 ingredients and you most likely have them on hand already. Making this a simple recipe to whip up on a whim.
- Soft and Chewy Texture: These cookies are soft and chewy, with a slightly crispy edge. The texture is perfect, making them a crowd-pleaser for all ages.
- One batch makes a lot of cookies. If you use a 2-inch cookie cutter as directed, you will get about 4 dozen cookies from one batch, meaning that these are perfect for parties, gatherings, cookie exchanges, and more because there is plenty to share.
Brown Sugar Cookies Ingredients
Butter: You will need 1 cup of butter to make these cookies rich in taste. This is equal to 2 sticks of butter.
Brown sugar: Use ½ cup of packed brown sugar to create the iconic flavor and texture we are going for.
White sugar: For chewy and sweet treats, add in ¼ cup of granulated sugar.
Vanilla extract: Adding in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract will help enhance all the amazing flavors in this recipe.
Flour: For the structural base of these cookies, use 2 ¼ cups of all-purpose flour.
Salt: To balance out the sweet taste, add in ½ teaspoon of salt.
Brown Sugar Icing
Brown sugar: Use ¾ cups of brown sugar for a lovely depth of sweet flavor.
Butter: You will need ¼ cup of butter, this is half of one stick.
Powdered sugar: Using 1 ¼ cups of powdered sugar will give the icing added thickness.
Milk: To achieve the right icing consistency, add in 1-2 tablespoons of milk.
Vanilla extract: Use 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to make the icing even tastier.
How to Make Brown Sugar Cookies
To get the baking process started, you will want to get the oven preheating to 300 degrees F.
Then line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set them aside.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the butter, brown and white sugars, and vanilla extract for 2 minutes using an electric mixer.
Next, add in the flour and salt and continue to mix until combined.
Roll and Cut
Before rolling out the dough, dust a countertop with flour and the proceed to roll out the cookie dough so that it is between ½ inch to ¼ inch thick.
Then cut the dough out using 2-inch cookie rounds and place them onto the prepared baking sheets.
Bake and Cool
Place the cookies in the preheated oven and bake for 20-22 minutes.
Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 3-5 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack.
Prepare the Icing
To do this, melt your butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
Next, add in the brown sugar and whisk again for another 2 minutes.
Then reduce the heat and add in the powder sugar, milk and vanilla extra.
Whisk together until smooth while keeping the pan on the stove for another 3-4 minutes.
Let the icing mixture cool for a few minutes while the cookies continue to cool as well.
When ready to ice the cookies, spoon the icing over your cooled cookies and smooth out to the edge of each.
Be sure to allow the icing to set before serving. Enjoy!
Variations of Brown Sugar Cookies
Brown sugar cookies are a delicious treat that can be enjoyed in many different ways. Here are a few variations of brown sugar cookies that you can try:
- Brown Sugar Cinnamon Cookies: To make brown sugar cinnamon cookies, simply add 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon to your favorite brown sugar cookie recipe. The cinnamon adds a warm, spicy flavor that pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the brown sugar.
- Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cookies: For a heartier cookie, try making brown sugar oatmeal cookies. Simply replace 1 cup of flour with rolled oats. The oats add a chewy texture and nutty flavor that complements the sweetness of the brown sugar.
- Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies: For a classic cookie with a twist, try making brown sugar chocolate chip cookies. Simply add in 1 cup of mini chocolate chips to the brown sugar cookie recipe. The brown sugar caramel-like flavor that pairs perfectly with the chocolate chips.
How do I ensure chewy cookies?
To ensure chewy cookies, it is important to not over-bake them. Over-baking can result in dry, hard cookies. It is recommended to take the cookies out of the oven when the edges are lightly browned and the centers are still slightly soft. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. This will help the cookies retain moisture and stay chewy.
What is the difference between light and dark brown sugar?
The difference between light and dark brown sugar in cookie recipes is the amount of molasses content. Dark brown sugar has more molasses than light brown sugar, which gives it a stronger and more complex flavor. Using light brown sugar will result in a milder flavor. In terms of texture, dark brown sugar has more moisture than light brown sugar, which can make the cookies slightly denser and chewier. However, the difference in texture is usually minimal and can be adjusted by slightly altering the amount of sugar used in the recipe.
How long will these brown sugar cookies last?
These cookies can last stored in an airtight container for up to one week. I recommend not placing them into a container until after the icing has fully set and if the cookies need to be stacked, it could e a good idea to place a piece of parchment paper or wax paper between the cookie layers.
Can I freeze chewy sugar cookies?
Yes, these cookies can be frozen for up to 3 months in an airtight container. I recommend freezing them flat on a baking sheet for about an hour or two before placing them in a container and freezing them. This can help to prevent the cookies from sticking together.
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You’re going to love these soft and buttery brown sugar cookies. Made without leavening agents and topped with homemade brown sugar icing, every bite is chewy, sweet, and ideal for the occasion.