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Soft, chewy Brown Sugar Cookies made with rich dark brown sugar make the chewiest cookie! This brown sugar cookie tastes like a rich chocolate chip cookie without chocolate chips.

Soft, chewy Brown Sugar Cookies made with rich dark brown sugar make the chewiest cookie! This brown sugar cookie tastes like a rich chocolate chip cookie without chocolate chips.

This was a highly requested cookie for my friends who aren’t huge chocolate chip fans. One of my sons loves the flavor of chocolate chip cookies but thinks the chocolate overpowers the cookie. So I set out to make a rich, decadent, soft, and chewy cookie without chocolate chips and the Brown Sugar Cookie was born.

The true star ingredients are dark brown sugar, which has the extra molasses to give it extra warmth, and browned butter. This is the perfect Fall cookie for those who don’t want something pumpkin but want the warm flavors that are associated with Fall baking.

The Brown Sugar Cookies stay extra soft and chewy, even days after making them. You are going to love these cookies! This recipe only calls for 7 ingredients and can be made in less than 30 minutes. 

Soft, chewy Brown Sugar Cookies made with rich dark brown sugar make the chewiest cookie! This brown sugar cookie tastes like a rich chocolate chip cookie without chocolate chips.

Brown Sugar Cookie Ingredients:

  1. Butter — half of the butter is browned butter which gives these cookies extra richness, depth of flavor, warmth, and toffee notes
  2. Dark Brown Sugar — it has more molasses than golden brown sugar so it creates an even chewier, more flavorful cookie
  3. Egg — the perfect binder which helps the wet and dry ingredients incorporate
  4. Vanilla Extract — I suggest using pure vanilla extract for the best flavor
  5. Flour — I suggest using all-purpose flour in these cookies
  6. Baking Soda — this is what gives the cookies rise and keeps them from going completely flat
  7. Salt — an essential baking ingredient to bring out the flavor in all baked goods

Soft, chewy Brown Sugar Cookies made with rich dark brown sugar make the chewiest cookie! This brown sugar cookie tastes like a rich chocolate chip cookie without chocolate chips.

How to make Soft Brown Sugar Cookies:

  1. Start by melting 1/2 of the butter, which is 1 cube, in a saucepan until melted. Let it start to bubble for 2 minutes and then remove from heat. Add to mixing bowl with remaining butter and brown sugar.
  2. Mix the melted butter, softened butter, and brown sugar for 4-5 minutes until it starts to become glossy and smooth.
  3. Add egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and mix for 1 minute longer.
  4. Fold in dry ingredients — flour, baking soda, and salt. 
  5. Cover the bowl and let chill for 15 minutes.
  6. Use a light-colored baking sheet. Roll the cookie dough into golf ball-sized balls. Pour sugar or brown sugar into a bowl. Roll the balls into the sugar and place them on a baking sheet, making sure to spread them apart.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Watch carefully to keep from overbaking.

Soft, chewy Brown Sugar Cookies made with rich dark brown sugar make the chewiest cookie! This brown sugar cookie tastes like a rich chocolate chip cookie without chocolate chips.

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Soft, chewy Brown Sugar Cookies made with rich dark brown sugar make the chewiest cookie! This brown sugar cookie tastes like a rich chocolate chip cookie without chocolate chips.

COOKIE TIPS and Q and A’s:

  • The cookies may look slightly underbaked but they will continue to firm up once you remove them from the oven. It is better to underbake rather than overbake!
  • You can use golden brown sugar instead of dark brown sugar if you prefer. The cookies will have a lighter color but will still taste delicious!
  • I always suggest a light-colored baking sheet since dark baking sheets can attract too much heat to the bottom of the cookies and they end up too brown.

Soft, chewy Brown Sugar Cookies made with rich dark brown sugar make the chewiest cookie! This brown sugar cookie tastes like a rich chocolate chip cookie without chocolate chips.

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Brown Sugar Cookies

By: Modern Honey® - www.modernhoney.com
Soft, chewy Brown Sugar Cookies made with rich dark brown sugar make the chewiest cookie! This brown sugar cookie tastes like a rich chocolate chip cookie without chocolate chips.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
15 minutes
Servings: 24

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup Butter (divided)
  • 2 cups Dark Brown Sugar *
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 2 1/3 cups Flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • Sugar or Brown Sugar (for rolling)

Instructions 

  • In a small pot, add 1/2 cup of butter (1 cube). Melt over medium heat. Once it is melted, let it bubble for 2 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat.
  • In mixing bowl, add remaining 1/2 cup of softened butter, melted butter, and brown sugar. Mix together for 4-5 minutes until smooth and glossy.
  • Add in egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and mix for 1 minute longer.
  • Fold in flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • Cover and chill the cookie dough in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add 1/2 cup of sugar or brown sugar to a bowl. Roll the cookie dough into golf ball sized balls. Roll into sugar and place on a light colored baking sheet, spaced apart.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes. Watch carefully to make sure you don't overbake the cookies.

Notes

  • The cookies may look slightly underbaked but they will continue to firm up once you remove them from the oven. It is better to underbake rather than overbake!
  • You can use golden brown sugar instead of dark brown sugar if you prefer. The cookies will have a lighter color but will still taste delicious!
  • I always suggest a light-colored baking sheet since dark baking sheets can attract too much heat to the bottom of the cookies and they end up too brown.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24
Keyword: brown sugar cookies, chewy brown sugar cookies
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  1. 5 stars
    These are magnificent!
    I was in a pinch, and out of chocolate chips. So I needed a recipe for cookies that didn’t call for chocolate chips or any specialty ingredients.
    I’m so glad I found these because they turned out to be an automatic family favorite!
    I’ll definitely be making these, even when I do have chocolate chips on hand!
    Thank you for sharing!

  2. Excellent cookie recipe as is; also good with add-ins. I added toffee bits to one batch, dried cherry bits to another batch, and walnut pieces to a third batch. To yet another mix, Splenda was subbed for 1/2 the brown sugar and the browned butter was brought to a very brown stage. All Good!

  3. 5 stars
    My best friend says that her favorite cookies are chocolate chip cookies without the chocolate chips!! I’ve gotta try these out and see what she thinks!

  4. I just made these. They’re fabulous 👌. Only had light brown sugar. Rolled in brown sugar. Delightful 😊

    1. 5 stars
      Thank you so much for making the brown sugar cookies! I am so glad you loved them and I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

  5. 5 stars
    I love this cookie. I’m not a fan of chocolate chip cookies, but these are amazing. It’s everything but the chocolate, my favorite. I’m making these for my Labor Day BBQ. Thank you Melissa….Hope you and your Family have an amazing HOT weekend…

    1. 5 stars
      Thanks so much, Donna! These brown sugar cookies have been such a requested recipe for my foodie friends out there who don’t love chocolate in their cookies! 🙂