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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
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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  • 7 ounces of butter, melted
  • 2 cups of light brown sugar
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ 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!

    • ahu November 17, 2013, 10:24 am

      Thanks Paula 🙂

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