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Brown Butter Sugar Cookies

  • Author: cooks with soul
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: american


Brown butter sugar cookies have soft, chewy centers and crisp golden edges. Perfect for holiday gatherings or a cozy evening treat!


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (240 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar (150 grams)
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar (150 grams)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  1. Slice the butter into and place in a light-colored skillet. Melt over medium heat, occasionally whisking.
  2. Allow the melted butter to foam, then reduce heat to low or low-medium, letting it simmer without whisking. After 5–8 minutes, check for the formation of browned specks and a nutty aroma.
  3. Remove the skillet from heat promptly and transfer the brown butter (including the browned specks) to a large heat-safe mixing bowl. It should yield about 3/4 cup browned butter. Allow it to cool for 5 minutes.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  5. Add granulated sugar and brown sugar to the browned butter.
  6. Using a hand-held or stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat on medium speed for about 1 minute until relatively combined.
  7. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract.
  8. Gradually pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients at low speed. Towards the end, use a rubber spatula to fold the remaining flour mixture into the dough. The resulting dough will be thick and slightly greasy.
  9. Roll the dough into 1-tablespoon-sized balls (approximately 30-32 grams each).
  10. Place the dough balls on a parchment-lined plate or baking sheet. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  11. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C).
  12. Line large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Space the chilled dough balls about 3 inches apart on the baking sheets.
  13. Bake for 12–13 minutes or until lightly browned on the sides. Remove from the oven and cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes. Then, transfer the cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely.


It is very easy to burn browned butter! Once the butter is melted, simmer on low heat, or increase the heat slightly to low-medium just to maintain a light simmer. Check every couple of minutes, but try not to disturb by whisking or stirring. The foam will start to dissipate. Use a rubber spatula to carefully move the foam so you can see to the bottom of the pan. As soon as you see the little browned bits, remove the butter from the heat and pour it into the bowl. Scrape the little browned bits into the bowl as well, this is where all of the flavor resides!

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