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Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

A brown sugar version of sugar cookies, with a touch of molasses. These cookies are rich in flavor, with crispy edges and an almost fudgy center. When they bake, they rise; when they cool, they fall, giving them a beautiful crackly surface. So simple, so good!

Brown Sugar Cookies on parchment paper

I will never say no to a simple sugar cookie or pan-banging sugar cookies, but adding brown sugar makes for an interesting twist.

A teaspoon of molasses increases the dark brown sugar flavor without making it taste like holiday fare (but, to be sure, these are a great addition to your holiday cookie tray). Rolling them in a bit of sugar gives them a beautiful sparkle, but even more important: another interesting texture.

These cookies debuted in my 100 Cookies cookbook, and have been a reader favorite!

A few tips for making Brown Sugar Cookies:

  • Don’t skip the egg yolk! It helps make the center fudgy and rich.
  • The cookies will puff in the oven and then collapse as they cool, forming cracks across the top.
  • Let the cookies cool on the pan for the time called for — this helps them set and will ensure the perfect texture upon first bite.
chewy brown sugar cookies on parchment paper

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Brown Sugar Cookies

Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies

Servings: 20 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 26 minutes
A brown sugar version of sugar cookies, with a touch of molasses. Rich in flavor, with crisp edges, an almost fudgy center, and beautiful crackles across the top.
Sarah Kieffer
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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon [364 g] all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup [2 sticks | 227 g] unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cup [350 g] dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon molasses
  • 1 large egg plus 1 large yolk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup [100 g] granulated sugar for rolling

Instructions

  • Adjust an oven rack to the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350F [180C]. Line three sheet pans with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Add the brown sugar and the molasses and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the egg, yolk, and vanilla, and beat on medium speed until combined. Add the flour mixture and beat on low speed until just combined.
  • Place the granulated sugar in a medium bowl.
  • Form the cookies into 1 1/2 oz [45 g] balls (2 tablespoons). Roll each ball in the sugar and place 8 cookies on a sheet pan.
  • Bake one pan at a time, rotating halfway through baking. Bake until the sides are set and the bottoms are light golden brown, 10 to 11 minutes.
  • Transfer the sheet pan to a wire rack and let the cookies cool for 5 to 10 minutes on the pan, then remove them and let them cool completely on the wire rack. Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Notes

This recipe is from my cookbook, 100 Cookies.
  • Reply
    Ashley B
    Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    5 stars
    These are so delicious! I had to give most away or else it’s all I would want to eat for each meal 😛 They are so soft, with a delicious flavor and easy to make. Everyone I shared them with loved them!

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    Brittany
    Monday, November 1, 2021 at 4:24 pm

    5 stars
    I made these with fantastic results! So simple and so delicious! I appreciate you including the weighted measurements, especially for the brown sugar. Mine are on day 3 and still perfectly chewy, which is the texture I want in a cookie. These might make it onto this year’s Christmas cookie platters!

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    Sage
    Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    5 stars
    I was craving something sweet and these buttery decadent cookies hit it right on the head! Thank you for an easy to make delicious cookie recipe. And yes, these will be in the holiday cookie rotation!

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    Marilyn Mahmud
    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 6:14 pm

    I made these today, and they are delicious! One question, though, mine puffed up as you said but they didn’t really collapse much or get the crinkles? I did use European butter, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. Any suggestions?

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    Giftbasketworldwide
    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 12:30 am

    Very inspiring post. Thanks for sharing.

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    agreso
    Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    Made these yesterday…fantastic! Soft and chewy, and sweet – with just the right amount of salt for balance. Sometimes you want a simple, straightforward cookie without all the competing flavors and textures, and this one nails it. Thanks for a really nice recipe.

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    Ana
    Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 4:13 pm

    Delicious cookies and I love how quickly this recipe came together!

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    Liz
    Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    Made these yesterday…fantastic! Soft and chewy, and sweet – with just the right amount of salt for balance. Sometimes you want a simple, straightforward cookie without all the competing flavors and textures, and this one nails it. Thanks for a really nice recipe.

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