Brown Sugar Cookies

Probably you have a sister.  But, you probably don’t have a sister that looks like Charlize Theron imbued with the heart of Mother Theresa.  I totally do.  My cherub-cheeked little sister, Holly, is always doing stuff for everyone.  She’s making phone calls, listening to traumatic moments, planning chocolate cakes for birthdays.  You’d like her. A lot. I sure do.

So, when sometimes mid-December Holly called and mentioned that she’d been perusing my site and discovered I’d never posted even a single recipe for kick-arse sugar cookies, I realized action should be taken.  Because, Miss Holly is always raising funds for the Free Wheelchair Mission, and contributing to anti-sex trafficking causes, and kissing her children in the nape of their necks, and planning grandiose dinner parties for nice people.  How could I turn down an opportunity to do a little sumpin-sumpin for a gal who does so much for so many? Well, I downright couldn’t.

So, more than three months and five attempts later, I’m delighted to give my Holly sis–and you, too–a recipe for a Sugar Cookie worth crowing about.  Of course, they aren’t just any sugar cookies.  These ones are rich with the flavors of brown sugar and unicorns.  They bake up simple and splendid, with the slightest crunch around the edges and a gloriously soft center. Topped with a schmear of citrus-kissed buttercream, they are almost just as good as sunshiney sister I’ve got. Almost.

Cuz fact of the matter is, she’s pretty darned good.  Smooch.  


Brown Sugar Cookies with Citrus-Kissed Buttercream


2 sticks butter
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Caviar from 1 vanilla bean

2 pounds powdered sugar
2 sticks butter
Juice of 1 orange
Zest of 1 Lemon
about 1/4 cup milk


In an electric mixer, beat together the butter, sugar, and eggs until freakishly fluffy. Add remaining ingredients and beat together until smooth. Roll the cookie dough out on a lightly floured surface & cut into your favorite shapes. (We like to roll our dough to about 1/2"-1/4" thick). Transfer to an ungreased baking sheet and bake in an oven preheated to 375 degrees for 5-6 minutes, or JUST until the cookies have set. Remove cookies from oven and transfer to a baking rack. Cool completely before frosting.

Beat all ingredients together until light and whippy. Color as desired (for the jade green color in our cookies, you'll need 4 drops of Neon blue food coloring, and two drops of green.). Spread a top cooled cookies. Enjoy!