Frosted Brown Sugar Cookies Recipe
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Frosted Brown Sugar Cookies Recipe

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These old-fashioned, cake-like cookies are sweet and buttery. They pair equally well with a glass of cold milk or a cup of hot coffee.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 335 calories, 14 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 55 mg cholesterol, 239 mg sodium, 51 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, cream butter and brown sugar. Beat in egg and sour cream; mix well. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  3. For frosting, in a small saucepan, melt butter over low heat; add brown sugar. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Gradually add the milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat. Stir in confectioners' sugar. Cool for 20-30 minutes. Frost cooled cookies. Yield: about 2 dozen.
Originally published as Frosted Brown Sugar Cookies in Cooking for One or Two Cookbook 2003, p270

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Reviewed Aug. 27, 2015

"These are soooooo good!!"

Reviewed Dec. 11, 2011

"These cookies are seriously delicious, and I am not a fan of cakey cookies HOWEVER I think there must be a typo in the recipe because when I followed the directions and let the frosting cool for 20-30 minutes it harden and was unusable. I remelted it and put it immediately on the cookies and it hardened nicely on these cookies like the picture, so I think it means the recipe should read 20-30 seconds. I will definitely make these again though - the were amazing with hot chocolate."

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