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Brown Sugar Cutout Cookies

Our neighbor made these for me when I was little, and now I make them for my kids, grandkids and for the children at school. Serve them with milk for the kids and tea for the grown-ups. —Nancy Lynch, Somerset, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 55 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    7-1/2 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups packed dark brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 6 tablespoons cold water
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 4 teaspoons meringue powder
  • 3 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons water


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, water, oil and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  • Divide dough into four portions. Shape each into a disk; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm enough to roll.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/4-in. fluted square cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  • Bake 7-9 minutes or until bottoms are light brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For icing, in a small bowl, beat butter, meringue powder, cream of tartar and salt until blended. Beat in confectioners' sugar alternately with enough water to reach a spreading consistency. Spread over cookies. Let stand until set.
Editor's Note
Meringue powder is available from Wilton Industries. Call 800-794-5866 or visit
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 113 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 78mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Jeanette
    May 2, 2019

    I have been looking for a brown sugar cookie recipe. Don't waste your time with this cookie recipe. I couldn't taste any brown sugar flavor at all. In fact, these were totally flavorless. Very bland cookie. Icing doesn't even help.

  • Wendy
    Mar 21, 2018

    I loved these. Makes a ton of cookies! Loved the icing too.