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Recipe: Caramelized Brown Sugar Cookies

These are the easiest cookies I’ve ever made, and yet the most addictive – a dangerous combination. With a super simple ingredient list, the magic happens when you coat the dough balls in a lot of brown sugar so they caramelize underneath and get this amazing rich crunchy flavor.

Brown sugar cookies

Caramelized Brown Sugar Cookies (adapted from Serious Eats, and inspired by my brother!)
7 ounces of butter, melted
2 cups of light brown sugar

2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F degrees.

2. Mix the butter, 1.5 cups of sugar and salt in a bowl. Slowly add the egg and the vanilla, mixing thoroughly.

3. Add the flour, baking soda and baking powder and mix until smooth.

4. Fill a small bowl with the remaining brown sugar. Take golf ball sized scoops of the dough, and with your hands form them into a sphere.

5. Coat the dough balls with a generous amount of brown sugar, then place on a lined baking sheet.

6. Put the cookies in the oven and bake until the tops are cracked and the edges are caramel colored (about 10-12 minutes). For best results rotate the cookies half way through baking. Cool and enjoy!

Bonus picture of my brother and I excitedly waiting for the cookies to be ready.

{ 10 comments… add one }

  • Anonymous November 15, 2013, 11:14 am

    I would have been just as excited (if not more so). They look delicious!


  • Cocoa and Lavender November 15, 2013, 6:22 pm

    Love the photo of you two in anticipation!! Thse look amazing, Ahu – and I love anything stat starts with brown sugar!

    • ahu November 17, 2013, 10:26 am

      Thanks David! I only just discovered that I like brown sugar, I must be late to the game!

  • Anonymous November 16, 2013, 5:35 pm

    How was the excitement level after the cookies were ready?


  • kumars kitchen November 16, 2013, 10:34 pm

    yummy cookies :-)

    • ahu November 17, 2013, 10:25 am

      They were – thanks for visiting Kumar !

  • Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes November 17, 2013, 9:05 am

    Brown food is usually amazing! These look sensational Ahu!

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