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!

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17 Responses to “Brown Sugar Cookies”

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    Sharon at Momof6 on April 4, 2011 at 2:58 am Reply

    I too have a killer recipe for sugar cookies with homemade frosting that my family loves…. but I didn’t have one for brown sugar cookies. So glad that I do now! Thanks for sharing this deliciousness! I will be linking to your recipe on my weekly “Links to Love” post on Sunday 4/10 at!

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    Katrina on April 4, 2011 at 5:08 am Reply

    I love how you decorated these! Great designs!

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    Amanda Waggoner on April 4, 2011 at 5:54 am Reply

    These look delicious! I can make a mean chocolate cake and a cheesecake that would bring you to your knees but I have never found that perfect sugar cookie recipe. Hopefully this will be it! I can’t wait to try these with my kids. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Jiwon Sim on April 4, 2011 at 7:40 am Reply

    I miss your cookies!!!!!!!
    This post reminds me of your kitchen.
    I always think your kitchen and also your family including your house are like
    Sunshine. not like summer hot sunshine. It is Spring Sunshine! :)

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    Amanda Waggoner on April 4, 2011 at 11:36 am Reply

    OH. MY. GOODNESS! These cookies are heavenly! I’m lucky I got any of the dough rolled out. I now have cute little spring flowers and butterflies that are screaming my name from the kitchen! Oh no! Must Resist!

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    Holly on April 4, 2011 at 12:28 pm Reply

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you Sis! You are too sweet to say such kind things. These look amazing and I can’t wait to whip up some of these delish cookies this week! I love you so much!

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    Kathy - Panini Happy on April 4, 2011 at 6:49 pm Reply

    These cookies – and your little sister – sound just amazing!

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    Mayzie on April 4, 2011 at 9:49 pm Reply

    These look like the cookies that Brooke foisted on me last night. If these are the same ones, I can vouch for them. They were YUMMY!!

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    Jaime {sophistimom} on April 5, 2011 at 1:13 pm Reply

    These look so DEEELICIOUS, Brooke. And made with whole wheat?? You perfect little mommy, you!

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    Anna on April 5, 2011 at 2:15 pm Reply

    YUM! these look wonderful! and i love unicorns! you are so funny.

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    Heather Davis on April 7, 2011 at 4:31 am Reply

    Seriously GORGEOUS!

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    Rose Plated on April 9, 2011 at 3:16 am Reply

    I do have three little brothers and they always asking me to bake some cookies for them. I wished that I have a little sister like yours so that she will be the one to bake for us. LOL. The brown sugar cookies look perfect. I will love to try them for my brother.

    • Brooke replied: — April 11th, 2011 @ 1:22 am

      Well, dang it. I’d share her, but I don’t have any little brothers. Trade?

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    Angie-Bigbearswife on May 11, 2011 at 2:15 pm Reply

    oooo yum!

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    kathy on June 23, 2011 at 8:12 am Reply

    pretty cookies!

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    Missy on November 20, 2012 at 2:04 pm Reply

    Im in the process of making these cookies right now but the batter seems too thin. Im putting in the freezer to see if that helps but im afraid it wont. Any suggestions? I followed to a t. would more flour work?

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