Brown Sugar Cookies

I realize I’m running a little late on the cookie train, but I made these today and thought they were definitely good enough to share. :) These also bake up perfectly round making them a great cookie for gift bags! The dough itself uses ingredients that most people will have readily available and they bake up to a nice chewy and soft cookie. You can also add any flavor chocolate chips as this makes a great base for them!

I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for their votes in the Breakstone’s Blogger Challenge. I won’t know who won until the 28th of December, but still wanted to thank you all for your support! Also wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. I wish you all the happiest of times and hope you are able to visit with family and friends. Hopefully Santa will leave something nice in your stocking. :)


If you are looking for a quick cookie fix, this is a great choice.

Brown Sugar Cookies
adapted from 400 Sensational Cookies

printable version

2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup butter flavored shortening
2 cups packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Whisk together flour and baking soda, set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, shortening and brown sugar until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Scrape down bowl. Turn mixer on low and gradually add in dry ingredients. Mix only until flour disappears. In necessary, turn off mixer and finish mixing with a wooden spoon. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour.

ANOTHER DELICIOUS IDEA >>  Black and White Cookies

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Use a cookie scoop to measure out dough into 1″ balls. Roll in your hands and place on baking sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes (mine were 9 1/2 minutes). Slide parchment onto a cooling rack for 5 minutes, then remove cookies from parchment to rack to cool completely.

Variation: Simply add any flavor chocolate chips (I used peanut butter and milk chocolate swirls) and use a cookie scoop to measure out, do not roll in your hands. Bake 10 minutes.

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  1. Buckeye Mom says

    These look like a nice, simple cookie. I also like the fact that they bake up perfectly round. I'm a bit obsessed with baking perfectly round, bakery-worthy, cookies!

  2. The Food Hound says

    Love the flavor of brown sugar in cookies!! I did not make my gingersnap cookies this year… but the year is not over yet :) Have a lovely holiday! and PS- it's ok to make Christmas cookies ANY time of year :)

  3. Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] says

    Merry Christmas!! The cookies look delicious :) I really hope you win! I couldn't vote for you because they needed a US address :(

  4. MaryBeth says

    WOW…these look amazing. I have never had a brown sugar cookie but of course I am very willing to give them a try.

  5. Christina Reed says

    Amanda, these cookies are awesome! I was asked to make 4 dozen cookies for a blood-drive put on by my Church. I made 2 dozen brown sugar. The other 2 dozen, I added mini chocolate chips. Of course, I had to sample them. They were yummy! Normally, I wouldn't make cookies for such an important event without first trying them out at home. I took a chance on these, and wasn't let down. I can't wait to make some more! Thanks for sharing these with us. What a blessing!

  6. Dena says

    Can you use all butter or butter and margarine? I only have regular shortening? and does it have to be unsalted butter?

  7. Amanda says

    Hi Dena :) Regular shortening is fine instead of the butter flavored. Generally margarine works fine as a replacement for butter. If you use salted butter, it probably won't make a huge difference in the flavor of hese cookies :)

  8. Gloria says

    These cookies look delicious. I love brown sugar with butter! I think I would probably add a teaspoon of salt or use salted butter because without salt, they seem like what they would be kind of sweet. What do you think?

  9. Amanda says

    They actually weren't overly sweet, similar to a chocolate chip cookie. but the addition of some salt would be great I'm sure, I love a little salt with chocolate chip cookies so I'm sure it would be good with these too!

  10. Emily Daniel says

    Amanda these cookies are wonderful! I love your recipes and craft ideas. You are making my life as a new mom SO much more fun. Thank you!

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