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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 (no substitutes), 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 mixing bowl, cream butter, 1/2 cup sugar and brown sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, pecans, salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes or until easy to handle. Roll 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.
  • 2. 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

2 each: 161 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 155mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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Reviewed Dec. 19, 2015

"These cookies are tasty even without the brown sugar drizzle. But the extra step really elevates it to a rich level. The drizzle is like the base for praline candies. I hardens pretty quickly as it cools - put it back over heat and stir to restore it to drizzling consistency."

Reviewed Dec. 28, 2012

"This is a great tasting sugar cookie recipe. I was excited to try it as I had just read an article rating 10 different sugar cookie recipes and the highest rated cookie was a brown sugar one. Love the nuts in this one too."

Reviewed Feb. 7, 2010

"These cookies are worth the effort. The first time I made them I had walnuts on hand and used them instead of pecans. They are great both ways!"

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