Brown Sugar Cookies

Brown sugar cookies are sweet, soft, and ultra chewy. They are a TASTY twist on a much-loved classic cookie.

These brown sugar cookies are completely addicting, you won’t be able to eat just one cookie! They remind me of the texture of my delish Ginger Snap Cookies, and are just as yummy as the BEST Chewy Sugar Cookie.

Brown sugar cookies stacked on a white plate

Chewy Brown sugar cookies

Using brown sugar in this recipe results in a denser, moister cookie. A scoop of brown sugar gives this sugar cookie a deeper, richer taste than the traditional recipe.

These brown sugar cookies might just be the softest and chewiest I’ve shared yet!

They come together in no time, so you can have a sweet treat in under 20 minutes! These are perfect stacked in a tin to gift, or as an afternoon treat.

Brown sugar cookie ingredients formed in a ball, set in a white bowl filled with sugar

Just mix, roll & bake!

WET INGREDIENTS. Cream butter, oil and sugar in stand mixer (or with hand mixer in a bowl). Add eggs and beat until fluffy.

DRY INGREDIENTS. Add baking soda, salt, baking powder, vanilla and flour and mix until incorporated. Stir in Chocolate Chips.

BAKE. Scoop into a ball and roll in a ball, and then in sugar. Place onto lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 9-11 minutes.

Light or Dark: You can use either light or dark brown sugar for this recipe. Using all brown sugar as opposed to a mixture of white and brown yields a chewier cookie. Dark Brown sugar contains more molasses which will give a darker slightly chewier cookie. 

Variations

These cookies are soft and chewy and delicious without any extra mix ins, but if you wish to add some go right ahead. 

  • Add baking chips of any flavor- chocolate, white chocolate, butterscotch…
  • Add a little cinnamon to the white sugar to roll the dough in.

Another change you can make is to make them mini: decrease the size of the dough balls and bake for only 6-8 minutes.

If you are like my dad and love crunchier cookies you can do a few things. First, bake at a lower temperature for longer. Second, reduce the amount of flour by ⅛ c or more if you really like them thin and crisp. Third, use only 1 egg.

Brown Sugar cookie balls lined up on a cookie sheet

SToring & FReezing

Cookies are great because they store really well. This means you can make them ahead of time and still be able to serve a delicious fresh tasting cookie.

Once they have cooled, STORE them in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Toss in a piece of white bread along with the cookies to help keep them soft and chewy.

FREEZE these cookies for up to 3 months. They make a really good last minute after school snack or a treat to toss in a lunch box. If you are one that likes to keep cookie dough handy you’ll love these cookies.

If you plan to bake them within 3-4 day then cover and STORE the dough in the fridge.

For longer storage FREEZE the dough for up to 3 months. Thaw before baking. Either pre shape the dough into balls or keep it in one large dough log.

  • Log form: roll the dough into 1 or 2 log shapes. Wrap the log(s) with plastic wrap and again with foil. 
  • Dough balls: Place dough balls on a pan and then into the freezer. Once solid, transfer them to a freezer safe Ziploc.

Note: Be sure to coat the dough in the sugar right before baking. 

Chewy brown sugar cookies stacked on a white plate

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Brown Sugar Cookies Recipe

5 from 7 votes
Brown sugar cookies are sweet, soft, and ultra chewy. They are a TASTY twist on a much-loved classic cookie.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes
Servings 36
Calories 137 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 2 c brown sugar
  • ½ c butter softened
  • ½ c vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 c all purpose flour
  • white sugar in a bowl

Instructions
 

  • Cream butter, oil and sugar in stand mixer (or with hand mixer in a bowl). Add eggs and beat until fluffy.
  • Add baking soda, salt, baking powder, vanilla and flour and mix until incorporated. Stir in Chocolate Chips.
  • Scoop into a ball and roll in a ball, and then in sugar. Place onto lightly greased baking sheet.
  • Bake at 350 for 9-11 minutes.

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments:

  1. 5 stars
    You’re right, it’s impossible to just eat one cookie. 🙂 It’s hard to believe that such a simple looking cookie could taste so delicious!

  2. 5 stars
    So much FLAVOR in these cookies! Oh, yes! I am making these again, you can bet your beaters on that! Delicious!

  3. 5 stars
    When in doubt, always choose brown sugar over white!! These cookies are proof. So much flavour, we loved them.

  4. 5 stars
    Wow! These are chewy and awesome. I actually love that they don’t have chocolate chips in them. I think they be pretty with some type of drizzle or dip half the cookie in chocolate and add sprinkles. Anyway. Another recipe win found here!

  5. 5 stars
    I’ve been looking for a cookie recipe that’s softer and more dense than a typical cookie and this is it. Yum!

  6. Does this recipe actually call for chocolate chips or not? Chocolate chips are not listed in the ingredients, but in step 2 of the instructions it says to stir in chocolate chips.

    1. I’m pretty sure that line is a mistake. Nowhere else are chips mentioned, so while you could probably add some if you want to, I don’t believe that line should be in there.

      1. She does say under “Add ins” that you could throw in some chocolate, butterscotch chips, etc.: I guess she’s saying step 2 is when you’d add them in.

        1. Yep!! Thanks for responding too Anna. Chocolate chips are an optional mix-in, but not necessary for the cookies to still be delicious!! 😉

    2. Chocolate chips are an optional mix-in. The cookies are delicious as is, but if you love chocolate, they are a yummy addition as well! So totally personal preference. If not, just leave them out in step 2.

  7. At one point you suggest that the chocolate chips be mixed in. There are no chocolate chips listed in the ingredients list.

    1. Chocolate chips are an optional mix-in! The cookies are great as is, but if you’re a chocolate chip fan, you can certainly add them and the cookies taste great. Totally your preference!