Soft Brown Sugar Cookies with Browned Butter Frosting


Yes, I’m still here.  Life has been very outlandish lately.  I am down here in bright, sunny Miami once again!  Mr. Wishes has been summoned down here again for work and I am definitely enjoying the temporary relocation!  The only negative aspect of living down here is not having free reign to internet anytime that I want.  So thank you for your patience as I have been a major blog slacker lately.

 Trust me when I say that this recipe was worth your wait.  Do you want to make the softest cookies in the world?  Well look no further – I have here a recipe for brown sugar cookies topped with delicious browned butter frosting that will blow your socks off.  I definitely think the sour cream is the trick to the softness of these cookies.  They have a very cake-like texture that closely resemble the softness of the pumpkin butterscotch cookies I made last fall, which I loved!

Do yourself a favor and make these for your family…or your friends…or just make them for someone.  I could seriously eat the entire batch by myself.

Sugar cookies are the key to living a happy life…I’m sure of it 🙂  And cheers!– to you for following along with this old blog, despite my severe slacking.


2/3 cup butter, softened
1 and1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 and 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream


Blend together butter and brown sugar.

Add eggs, one at a time; blend well.

Add vanilla; beat until light.

In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with sour cream; mix well.

Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto non-stick or lightly greased baking sheets.  Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes.

Remove to a wire rack; cool.  Frost with Browned Butter Frosting (directions below).  Makes about 2 dozen.

Browned Butter Frosting:

1/4 cup butter
1 and1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat until it turns golden.  Watch carefully as this will happen quickly. Remove from heat.

Stir in powdered sugar and enough milk to make a nice spreading consistency.

Recipe source: adapted from


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These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, Broadway musicals, cruises, Disney World, Christmas, thunderstorms, 80's and country music, and my favorite pastime has ALWAYS been baseball. Go Yankees!

22 Responses to “Soft Brown Sugar Cookies with Browned Butter Frosting”

  1. March 29, 2012 at 4:30 PM #

    I love brown sugar cookies, regular sugar cookies to me are just so blah. Yours look absolutely delicious!

    • March 30, 2012 at 3:56 PM #

      Thanks for the comment!

  2. March 30, 2012 at 8:56 AM #

    Of all the places to relocate, Miami definitely sounds like it would be a good time! These sugar cookies look amazing and I don’t think I’d want to share them =)

    • March 30, 2012 at 3:56 PM #

      Yeah, could be worse places to be than Miami! 🙂 Thanks for the comment!

  3. April 2, 2012 at 11:19 AM #

    These cookies do sound perfect! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • April 4, 2012 at 5:55 PM #

      They are definitely perfect! 🙂 Thanks so much for the comment!

  4. April 2, 2012 at 2:59 PM #

    Yes! These look amazing. I love soft cookies they are like one of the best thing sin the word. Plus that browned butter frosting? Heaven.

    • April 4, 2012 at 5:54 PM #

      They are so yummy! Thanks for the comment!

  5. April 5, 2012 at 2:03 PM #

    I keep looking for a good sugar cookie recipe. I’ll have to try these because they look delicious!

    • April 5, 2012 at 3:15 PM #

      Thanks, Janet! I think you will love them!

  6. April 6, 2012 at 7:50 AM #

    I don’t think I’ve ever used sour cream in a cookie recipe before. I use it all the time in cake and muffin recipes so it’s really a no brainer for cookies as well. They look delicious! I love a soft cookie too!

    • April 7, 2012 at 2:09 PM #

      Thanks for the comment, Annie! I wasn’t sure about the sour cream but I definitely think it worked well!

  7. April 7, 2012 at 1:49 PM #

    These look delicious! Definitely need to bake some of these. Thanks for sharing!

    • April 7, 2012 at 2:09 PM #

      Thanks, Mark! I hope you enjoy them 🙂

  8. April 12, 2012 at 3:36 PM #

    I love how simple these are. They look awesome!

    • April 12, 2012 at 4:20 PM #

      They are so good! Thanks for commenting, Kaitlin!

  9. July 29, 2012 at 10:25 PM #

    Super awesome! I just made one change: I subbed in a cup of vanilla chobani for the sour cream. I still kept the vanilla extract, as it helped balance the tangier flavor of the yogurt. I also skipped the frosting because the cookies were so good. These are great and easy cookies. We even gave a bunch to our neighbors, and they loved them too.

    • July 30, 2012 at 1:00 AM #

      Aww thanks so much for the nice comment! I definitely agree that these cookies don’t even need frosting. They are good on their own 🙂

  10. September 10, 2012 at 12:06 AM #

    I love anything that uses browned butter! I bet these cookies are great! 🙂

    • September 10, 2012 at 2:19 AM #

      Me, too! What is it about the flavor of browned butter?!

  11. Tina
    June 27, 2013 at 8:00 PM #

    Best cookie I have ever made or tasted!

    • June 27, 2013 at 9:53 PM #

      Wow, that’s such a nice compliment! Thanks so much, Tina!

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