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Sugar Cookies

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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


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  • 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
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