Sugar Cookies With Brown Butter

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These delicious melt-in-your-mouth Sugar Cookies With Brown Butter are soft, chewy, and full of vanilla bean flavor. Serve them as is or all dressed up for a holiday. I’ll show you an easy way to decorate them for Christmas.

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One day my daughter Deidra came home from school and announced that her Jr. high was sponsoring a trip to Europe and that she wanted to go. I told her that was perfectly fine as long as I chaperoned. Of course, I had to pay my own way, but students were given opportunities to raise money for their trip.

We quickly learned that selling food was an easy way to raise funds. That’s when I discovered how well people liked my iced sugar cookies. Who doesn’t like a good cookie? Soon we were selling them as fast as we could bake ’em.

A memorable picture in front of the Eiffel Tower. I felt at home with my roots in France, and it was worth every cookie!

After lots of experience with baking sugar cookies, I’ve made some discoveries and changes along the way:

  • Using vanilla bean paste is much more flavorful than vanilla extract.
  • Adding another egg makes a chewier cookie.
  • Browning the butter gives a richer, nuttier taste.

It’s incredible how much more flavor brown butter adds to food. I also use it in my Chocolate Chip Cookies.

How To Brown Butter?

It takes a little patience and about 5 minutes to brown butter in a saucepan over the stove. All you do is melt the butter and stir until it starts to brown, don’t be afraid to burn it. Then quickly take it off the heat to stop the cooking .

Pour it into a mixing bowl and let it cool for about 15 minutes then begin creaming the butter and sugar together with a mixer.

Red and white spatula stirring brown butter in a white bowl for Sugar Cookies.

Next, add the eggs, vanilla bean paste, and flour mixture to form the dough into a ball.

Roll, Cut, and Bake ‘Da Dough

Now,, throw some flour onto your work surface and knead a bit. Then form the dough into a thick round disk.

Next, roll the dough to 1/4 inch thickness and cut the sugar cookies into whatever shape you like.

Star cut sugar cookie dough.

For a change, you can put sprinkles in the dough for a fun color and crunchy flavor.

Cutting sugar cookie dough out with a star cookie cutter.
Easy Cookie Decorating

Have you seen those beautiful cookies on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook decorated for theme parties and holidays? They are a work of art, and I commend those who craft them. Now, my time is limited these days. I find that frosting them and using differnet kinds of sprinkles on top gives a festive look. Anyone can spread and sprinkle!

Decorated sugar cookies with brown butter on a cooling rack.

I hope you’ve been inspired to bake these Sugar Cookies With Brown Butter, or maybe you’d like to try these Fig Tart Cookies. You’ll love these cute thumbprint cookies if you like sweet dough tarts. You get that sweet dough taste without all the work of tart making.

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Sugar Cookies

These delicious melt-in-your-mouth sugar cookies made with brown butter are soft, chewy, and full of vanilla bean flavor. Serve them as they are or all dressed up with icing and sprinkles. 

  • Total Time: 47 minutes
  • Yield: 36 cookies 1x


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Combine flour and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. Heat butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, constantly stirring (for about 5 minutes) until it turns light brown.
  4. Pour browned butter immediately into a large mixing bowl to stop the browning process and cool for about 15 minutes.
  5. Add sugar to the butter and cream together.
  6. Stir one egg at a time into the creamed mix, then stir in the vanilla bean paste.
  7. Add flour and salt mixing on low until the ingredients are incorporated well, do not over mix.
  8. Flour the work surface well and turn out half of the dough, kneading a little, then shaping into a thick round disk. 
  9. Take a rolling pin and coat with flour, then roll the disk until it is 1/4 inch thick. 
  10. Use floured cookie cutters to cut out cookies and place them on lined cookie sheets.
  11. Repeat with the other half of the dough.
  12. Bake for 12 minutes or just before the edges start to brown.
  13. Remove from oven and place cookies on a cooling rack. 
  14. Decorate or serve as is.


  • Do not overbake; this ensures a tender cookie.
  • Add sprinkles to the cookie dough before rolling out for fun color and taste.
  • Decorate plain cookie dough shapes with sprinkles and colored sugar before baking.
  • Let cookies cool after baking, then ice and decorate with sprinkles on top.
  • Top the cut-out cookie dough before baking with different candies for a sweet change.
  • Author: Louisiana Woman
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Category: Sweets
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: sugar cookies

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