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Brown Sugar Cookies

Brown Sugar Cookies | The Gray Boxwood

Brown Sugar Cookies | The Gray Boxwood

There are two groups of cookie lovers: those who like crispy ones and those who like soft ones. Usually I am team crispy. Well, actually, I want crispy edges with a soft and chewy center. These cookies aren’t fully either side; they’re definitely more cake-like but still almost chewy in the center. Did I just hear you say perfection? I think of these as a homey cookie that any all-star grandma would have made. But to finish them off, I had to add my favorite brown butter icing. Cookies plus icing equals happiness, right?

Brown Sugar Cookies
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For the cookies
  1. 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  2. 2 cups brown sugar
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 cup buttermilk
  5. 1 teaspoon maple or vanilla extract
  6. 4 1/4 cups flour
  7. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  8. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  9. 1/2 teaspoon salt
For the frosting
  1. 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  2. 2 cups powdered sugar
  3. 1-3 tablespoons buttermilk
  4. 1 teaspoon maple or vanilla extract
For the cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In an electric stand mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Mix in the eggs and maple extract.
  4. Finish with the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Using a 2-ounce cookie scoop, place cookies on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake in preheated oven until puffed and just set in the middle, 10-12 minutes.
  6. Remove and cool on pan for 5 minutes. Finish cooling on rack.
  7. While baking and cooling, make brown butter frosting.
For the frosting
  1. Melt butter over medium heat. Continue to cook until the foaming subsides and butter turns a brown nutty color, 6-8 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and whisk in powdered sugar and buttermilk. Start with less buttermilk and add more as needed.
  3. Finish with extract and whisk until smooth.
  4. Spread a generous amount on warm cookies.
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The frosting is the gilding on top of amazing cookies and when I say melt in your mouth, I mean it!

Brown Sugar Cookies | The Gray Boxwood

Brown Sugar Cookies | The Gray Boxwood

Brown Sugar Cookies | The Gray Boxwood

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