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Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies

These brown sugar cookies are perfectly sweet, outrageously soft, and oh-so-chewy!

Think of them as the love child of brown sugar cookies and crinkle cookies. What a magnificent mash-up, amirite?

For a super soft and chewy cookie that melts in your mouth, this is my go-to.

Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies on Parchment Paper
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Brown Sugar Cookies

These brown sugar cookies are my top choice when I’m looking for a classic, nostalgic treat.

With just a handful of simple ingredients like butter, eggs, flour, and, of course, brown sugar, you can whip up a batch of these soft-baked cookies in no time.

The use of brown sugar gives these cookies a rich, caramel-like flavor that’s to die for.

Crisp around the edges but soft and chewy on the inside, these homemade brown sugar cookies are extremely addictive.

I think they’re ideal as Christmas cookies, thanks to the deep flavor. But they’re so tasty, you’ll want them all year.

Brown Sugar Cookies with granulated sugar on top, close-up

Ingredients

These ingredients make the brown sugar cookies super soft and chewy!

  • Brown Sugar: Light or dark brown sugar both work well. But dark brown sugar contains more molasses, so it will yield chewier cookies. You can also use a 50/50 split.
  • Flour: All-purpose flour is perfect for these cookies.
  • Baking Powder and Baking Soda: The leavening agents that make the cookies rise.
  • Salt: To enhance the sweetness and balance the flavors.
  • Butter: For richness. Use softened, not melted butter so they don’t spread too much.
  • Eggs: Also for richness and binding the ingredients.
  • Vanilla Extract: This enhances the flavor of the cookies.
  • Granulated Sugar: For coating the dough balls in. This adds a delightful crunch and a nice contrast in sweetness and texture.

How to Make Brown Sugar Cookies

If you’re a dessert lover, chances are you’ve made cookies once or twice. So this will be super easy for you!

And luckily, they’re a cinch to whip up, so even novice bakers can master them

1. Combine the Butter and Sugar: In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, beat the softened butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.

2. Beat in the Eggs: Add eggs one at a time, followed by vanilla extract.

3. Add the Dry Ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together. Gradually add dry ingredients to the wet mixture and mix until a soft dough forms.

4. Chill the Dough: Cover and chill dough for 1-2 hours. Essential for chewy cookies with crispier edges. It also creates a deeper, richer flavor because chilling allows the natural sugars in the brown sugar to caramelize.

5. Coat in Sugar: Roll the dough into 2-inch balls. Then coat each in granulated sugar. Place dough balls on baking sheets spaced 3 inches apart.

6. Bake and Enjoy: Bake for 11-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Let cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Brown Sugar Cookies with granulated sugar on top, close-up

Tips for the Best Cookies

As with any cookie recipe, my main tip is to be gentle with the dough. When adding the flour, it’s best to either use a spatula or a paddle attachment on low.

Other than that, here’s a few tips and tricks for making the best brown sugar cookies:

  • Chill the dough: Chill the dough for at least 1 hour for a thicker, chewier cookie and a richer flavor.
  • Line your baking sheets: Parchment paper prevents sticking and makes cleanup easier.
  • Don’t overbake: Cookies may look slightly underdone when you take them out, but they will continue to firm up as they cool. Overbaking leads to dry, crumbly cookies. Aim for golden brown edges.
  • Cool on the baking sheet: Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5-10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack. This helps them set and prevents them from breaking.
  • Room temperature ingredients: Make sure your butter and eggs are at room temperature for even creaming and a smooth dough.
  • Leave space between cookies: Allow space for the cookies to spread without touching each other.
  • Chewy vs. Crispy: Use dark brown sugar for chewier cookies and light brown sugar for crispier ones.
Brown Sugar Cookies on a white plate

How to Store

Whether you have leftovers or simply want to make them ahead, you have a few storage options.

And yes, they freeze well! So I highly suggest you double or triple the recipe so you have plenty on hand.

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To Store Leftover Cookies: Place cooled cookies in an airtight container. Store at room temperature for up to 5 days.

To Freeze Baked Cookies: Flash freeze cooled cookies on a baking tray until solid. Then, transfer them to a freezer bag and store for up to three months.

To Freeze Cookie Dough: Portion the dough onto a baking tray and freeze until solid. Transfer the dough balls to a freezer bag and store for up to three months.

When you’re ready to enjoy the frozen cookies, simply let them thaw on the counter for about 20-30 minutes. Or microwave them for a few seconds.

For the frozen cookie dough, bake those babies right out of the freezer! Just add about 2 minutes to the total cooking time.

More Crinkle Cookies To Try

Lemon Crinkle Cookies
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies
Fudge Crinkle Cookies with Cake Mix

Brown Sugar Cookies

Course: DessertCuisine: American
Servings

25

servings
Prep time

20

minutes
Cooking time

13

minutes

These brown sugar cookies are perfectly sweet, outrageously soft, and oh-so-chewy! If you’re a fan of sweets that melt in your mouth, you have to try them.

Ingredients

  • Cookie Dough
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 1/4 cups light or dark brown sugar, packed

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar, plus more for rolling

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • For Rolling
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the softened butter, brown sugar, and 1/4 cup granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Use a hand or stand mixer. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla extract.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and stir until a soft dough forms.
  • Cover the dough with plastic wrap and chill for 1 to 2 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Place the 1/2 cup of granulated sugar in a shallow bowl. Roll the dough into balls, about 2 tablespoons each. Then, roll them in the sugar to coat completely.
  • Place the sugared dough balls 3 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets and bake for 11-12 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned.
  • Remove from the oven and allow cookies to cool for 5 to 10 minutes on the baking sheet. Transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • Cover and chill the dough for at least 1 hour. This creates chewier cookies with a richer flavor.

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14 thoughts on “Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies”

    • Hi Joyce, you can make these with gluten-free flour, just keep in mind the baking time might be slightly longer or shorter. Check for doneness a couple of minutes earlier than the recipe states, to be on the safe side.

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    • Yes, Rebecca, you can use Crisco instead of butter if you prefer. Crisco can be substituted for butter in a 1:1 ratio, so you would use 1/2 cup of Crisco in place of the 1/2 cup of unsalted butter. Keep in mind the taste might be a bit different, though, as Crisco isn't as rich as butter. You might want to add a little vanilla extract to compensate!

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    • Hi Fal! That's actually coarse sugar. It's great as a finishing touch to cookies. But you could totally add sea salt! A pinch sprinkled over the batch just before baking should be more than enough.

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    • Hi Nancy! You can totally make this as a cookie bar.

      For the original recipe, I suggest a 9×13-inch baking pan. If you double the recipe, it will probably fit into an 18×13-inch sheet pan.

      I haven't tried it, so just be sure you have enough dough. It should be about an inch thick. Also, be sure to bake it for longer. About 15 minutes for the smaller tray and 20-25 for the baking sheet.

      Hope this helps!

      Reply
  1. Unfortunately, my cookies did not come out anything like your picture. They taste nice enough but they did not spread at all on the parchment paper.

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    • Hi Dalia!
      Since these are designed to be soft and chewy, they don't work that well for shaping.
      But if you want to give it a try, maybe start with a small batch and test them out?

      Here's how I'd do it:
      1. Make the dough, then roll it flat between 2 sheets of parchment (like sugar cookie dough).
      2. Place the dough (in the parchment) onto a flat tray and chill for 1-2 hours.
      3. Cut out the shapes you like, then arrange them on a parchment lined tray and freeze until solid (1-2 hours)
      4. Bake from frozen for 10-12 minutes then leave them on the tray to set.

      Baking them from frozen should help keep the shape, but they may still spread a little.

      Another option is to bake this in a slab (after step 2 above) and then cut the shapes out after baking. Give them 5-10 minutes to cool and then cut.

      Hope this helps

      Reply

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