Brown Sugar Cookies

brownsugarcookiesWhat happens when you make sugar cookies with dark brown sugar? Magic, that’s what.

Dark brown sugar has a higher quantity of molasses than light brown sugar, so anything baked with it has a more caramelly (is that a word? It is now) flavor, which is definitely true of these treats. A word of caution, though: these cookies are incredibly soft and bendy, so I’d recommend baking them a little longer than the original 8 minutes in the recipe, which I found at C&H Sugar. They need about 12-14 minutes, along with about 5 minutes of cooling time on the baking sheets once they’re out of the oven. And also, if you spread peanut butter on them, they taste a lot like Mary Janes, so a peanut butter-filled sandwich version of these certainly isn’t a bad idea.


  • 2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 8 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 8 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups flour


Preheat oven to 300. Line four baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat dark brown sugar, butter, and shortening at medium speed for two minutes. Add baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt and beat until combined, then beat in egg and vanilla. Add flour and mix until combined.

Using a two-inch cookie scoop, drop dough onto baking sheets and flatten slightly. Bake about 12-14 minutes (start checking them around 8-9 minutes), until edges are golden brown. Remove from oven and let rest on the baking sheets for five minutes, then place on a wire rack to cool completely. Store at room temperature for 2-3 days; these treats are really soft and will start to fall apart (quite literally) after just a few days, but they’re absolutely worth baking. Makes about 24.


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