Brown Butter Brown Sugar Cookies

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 This post was supposed to go live yesterday.

This post was supposed to be cheerful and light and happy.

And then the unthinkable happened and left me quite shaken up….

It’s Christmas time and I share sweet recipes to inspire you to create in your own kitchen.

It’s a time when we share not only baked goods but holiday wishes and joy.

It’s a time when we share gifts and hugs and smiles with family and friends.

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 What happened in Newtown, CT left so many families grieving. Parents, grandparents, brother and sisters, children and husbands… lost their loved ones.

We are left trying to understand what happened. But I can’t.

I can’t comprehend what drives a person to do such an non-human act. To take lives of innocent children, rip their parents’ lives and hearts into pieces… I can’t…

So I cry… and think of the Newtown parents who lost their children and I hug my own kids. I stop in this Christmas preparation madness and appreciate what my Hubby and I have….

We watch my oldest daughter read “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” to her sister and brother, all snuggled up in our bed, wearing their Christmas pj’s. I watch them and hold my Husband’s hand so tight as if it was only a dream.

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I hope you won’t be turned off by the mood of this post and still try these cookies. They are worth it. The browned butter and brown sugar make quite the combo. The addition of sea salt turns these into a salted caramel treat. It’s our new favorite cookie.  Perfect balance of sweet and salty.

Yields about 4 dozen

Brown Butter Brown Sugar Cookies

15 minPrep Time

8 minCook Time

23 minTotal Time

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  • 14 Tbsp butter, divided
  • 2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 c brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • sea salt for sprinkling
  • 1/4 c brown sugar + 1/4 c granulated sugar for rolling


  1. In a small bowl, mix together 1/4 c brown sugar and 1/4 c granulated sugar. Set aside.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients ( flour, soda, baking powder and salt ). Set aside.
  3. Place 7 Tbsp of butter in a medium saucepan and cook until it browns. Take off the heat and pour into a large mixing bowl of your stand mixer. Add the remaining butter and whisk. Add 1 3/4 c brown sugar and whisk. Let cool to room temperature.
  4. Add egg and egg yolk and whisk. Add vanilla and whisk again.
  5. Switch to a wooden spoon or a spatula and fold in the dry ingredients.
  6. Refrigerate the dough for at least 30 minutes, preferably overnight. You can freeze the dough for up to 1 month.
  7. When ready to bake, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or silpat baking mat. Scoop the cookie dough into a tablespoon size balls and roll in brown and white sugar mix. Place on baking sheet leaving 2 inches of space between the balls. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  8. Bake 8 to 9 minutes for chewy cookies or 10 to 13 minutes for crispy cookies.
  9. Cool on sheet for 30 seconds and transfer onto a wire rack to cool completely.

The original recipe come from America’s Taste Kitchen via A Little Bit Crunchy A Little Bit o Rock’N’Roll.


Stay safe. And hug your loved ones.




  1. Jennie @themessybakerblog says

    Ya’ll I made these cookies. Let me tell you. They’re super delicious. Best sugar cookies ever. EVER! I made them for Christmas and my family adored them. All they could talk about were how good these cookies were. They’ll be on my holiday menu every year. Thanks, Anna!

  2. Alexis says

    OMG I made these cookies and these are the best cookies I am EVER had. I love cookies and like to think of myself as a cookie connoisseur that that is saying alot. These were absolutely fantastic. What me gain 5 pounds, I don’t care, these cookies are worth it. Thank you for this recipe.

  3. Jennie @themessybakerblog says

    Those poor babies and families. All I can do is pray for them and pray that something like this never happens again. These cookies look wonderful. I love brown butter anything!

  4. says

    Newtown has been on my heart all week – words seem so inadequate, and how I wish I could bake cookies for all of the grieving families! These look wonderful, I love the brown butter and brown sugar!

  5. says

    It’s really heartbreaking what happened in Newtown. No parent should ever live with that kind of tragedy! No parent should have to see their child die in such a violent way. My heart is crying for all the children, the parents, the community of Newtown…and to all Americans. I can’t believe that after this incident, people still choose to carry semi-automatic rifles – these are military weapons!!! I try to be open to both sides of the argument re: gun control…but I can’t see why a semi-automatic rifle has a place at home. Those have no business at home! Anyway, don’t get me started with that. In this case, I’m glad I live in Canada :)

  6. says

    I cry and shake for those lost in the Newtown tragedy as well. My heart pours out to them. It is SO unthinkable.

    I adore these cookies, Anna! So, so much. I have to get crackin’ on brown sugar cookies sometime soon! wow, they look INCREDIBLE. Lovely, lovely photos as well :)

  7. says

    These cookies are beautiful as well as your sentiments regarding the terrible events that transpired in CT. I am also taking some time off the last few days to just sit here and hug my children and husband.

  8. says

    Before we left for our trip, I had wanted to make browned butter + brown sugar cookies and have all kinds of recipes bookmarked for jumping off places and now, will add yours to the mix for when Im back home with a normal oven. They look amazing. I love brown sugar/browned butter – I want these!

    • CrunchyCreamySw says

      They have been on my list for a while now and I am so glad I finally made them. I know you will love them because you know how amazing brown butter cane be! Thanks, Averie!