Brown Sugar Cookies

I have a secret.  I used to hate thin cookies.  I thought that they were the worst thing in the baking world.  Don’t judge me… I can hear the gasps all over the internet now!  😉

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I’ve learned over time that there are two kinds of flat cookies in this world.  There are ones that end up flat and gross due to a baking catastrophe (like not enough flour).  Then there are ones that are meant to be thin and delicious, like these wonderful brown sugar beauties.

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Side bar.  I get attached to my kitchen tools and when I need a replacement it’s like shopping for a new car.  (Which I also hate doing.)  I needed a new whisk, badly.  I debated, I searched, and I debated some more.  It’s just a whisk, T.  Commitment issues?  😉  I finally decided on this Oxo Good Grips Whisk and I love it!


Back to the real matter at hand… brown sugar cookies.  These cookies are made with 100% brown sugar (hence their name).   That means they are 99% chewy and ever so slightly crispy on the outside.  These are not your ordinary sugar cookie.  They have a little spice factor to them which is a perfect Fall time touch.

I can’t even begin to tell you how fabulous the kitchen smelled when I was baking these beauts up.  Why is it that a candle that says it smells like cookies never really actually smells like the real deal (and actually smells bad, really, really, bad)?

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When you first bite into one of these bad boys you feel like you are eating a chocolate chip cookie minus the chocolate.  That makes sense since most of the ingredients are similar to a traditional chocolate chip cookie.  Then your taste buds pick up on the lovely warm spices and it’s like you’re eating a spice cookie.  I’m loving that!

You know what else I’m loving?  My Leaning Tower of Pisa of brown sugar cookies!

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These classy cookies (that simply called for a side of tea) have converted me.  Thin cookies can be a good thing.  🙂

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Brown Sugar Cookies Recipe
(Makes about 40 cookies)

Note:  This recipe requires 30 minutes chilling time.


  • 2 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour Measure your flour correctly!
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 and 1/2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 and 1/4 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and ginger.  Set the dry ingredients aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and dark brown sugar until it’s light and fluffy.  (About 3 to 5 minutes)
  3. Beat the vanilla extract and the egg into the creamed butter and sugar.
  4. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients.
  5. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  7. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  8. Scoop about a tablespoon of cookie dough into a ball.
  9. Bake for about 9 minutes, or until lightly browned around the edges.  Keep the dough in the fridge while each batch of cookies is baking.

Slightly adapted from:  Joy the Baker



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Here are some other classy cookies.

Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

12Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

Shortbread Cookies

03Shortbread Cookies

Traditional Sugar Cookies




  1. Hey Tina! You’ve convinced me! I’ll take your thin brown sugar cookies! These look and sounds delicious and they’re all the better because you whipped them up with your new whisk! I recently saw on America’s Test Kitchen that this whisk was the ONE to have in your kitchen! So, well done on finding your dream whisk! LOL…

    Thanks for this crave worthy cookie recipe! It’s on my shortlist!

    1. Tina says:

      No way! I love ATK and I had no idea that they recommended this whisk. Sweet. Ah the little things that make me happy. 😉

    2. Susan says:

      I’m so excited to try this recipe. I was thinking of a new recipe this one crossed me and can’t wait to try. Thank you for sharing.

      1. Tina says:

        Yay! I hope you love it. 🙂

  2. You are so right!! they need to be flat on purpose to be oh-so-tasty!! Gotta be chewy and delicious! YUM 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Exact-a-mundo. 🙂

  3. I’m pretty open-minded when it comes to cookies, but I know what you mean about flat cookies that are only flat because something went awry. Yikes! These flat cookies however look perfect! I love the bit of spice in them. And YES – I bet these smell so much better than a cookie candle!

    1. Tina says:

      I’m such a cookie monster so I can’t believe it’s taken this long for me to come around to thin cookies, but here I am. 🙂

  4. Joanne says:

    Mmm I think I’ve made these before and they are kind of the best. Love that darker brown sugar flavor.

    1. Tina says:

      Me too! 🙂

  5. I used to not like think cookies either. Which I seriously don’t get right now. My grandma always baked these lovely thin oatmeal cookies and I didn’t really want them – and recently I’ve been craving them 😉 These look just as good. Brown sugar gives cookies such a nice taste. And I can almost smell the spices when I look at these photos.

    1. Tina says:

      Awh. Sounds like some thin oatmeal cookies are in order. 🙂

  6. Suzanne says:

    This looks so good! What a fun flavor for fall!

  7. Vanessa says:

    Thanks for sharing! Do they freeze well?

    1. Tina says:

      Hi Vanessa. Yes, they freeze well. 🙂

  8. Heidi Osburn says:

    I only have light brown sugar, will they still taste as good??

    1. Tina says:

      Yes, the cookies will still taste good. As a heads up, they will not look as dark as you see in the photos.

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