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Brown Sugar Cookies Recipe

I received this recipe some 40 years ago at a shower where the hostess asked each guest to share a favorite recipe. This was the most popular of them all. Dark brown sugar gives these cookies added richness.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:33 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup finely ground pecans
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter, 1/2 cup sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, pecans, salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes or until easy to handle.
  • 2. Shape into 1-in. balls; then roll in remaining sugar. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten with a glass dipped in sugar. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • 3. For icing, combine brown sugar and cream in a saucepan. Bring to a boil; boil and stir for 4 minutes. Remove from the heat. Sift confectioners' sugar into the hot mixture; stir until combined. Drizzle icing over cookies. Yield: 5-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 161 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 155 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.