The best brown sugar cookie recipe to bake

21 May

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So, exciting news sports fans: Miss9’s soccer team will be playing at half-time of tonight’s Matilda’s game! For those that aren’t into soccer, the Matildas are the Australian national soccer team and they are playing Vietnam tonight at a stadium half an hour away. Miss9’s team will take to the field at half-time to play a short game. Yippee!

To keep energy levels up I have made these brown sugar cookies for the team (Miss9’s, not the Matildas!). I have made brown sugar bickies many times but they have never been as good as these.

Even better, these are a no-mixer-required, one bowl wonder. The dough doesn’t require time to rest in the fridge and from starting to eating will take about half an hour. I found the recipe on serious eats – here is the original:

I cut waaaay down on the sugar but even with my reduced amount they were lovely.

Go forth and bake, and if you hear an embarrassing mum screaming out encouragement to her daughter during a soccer match, please excuse me her 😉

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190 grams unsalted butter, melted

1 cup packed light brown sugar, divided

1 egg

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups plain flour

1 teaspoon baking powder


Preheat oven to 180C and line two baking trays with non-stick baking paper.

In a large bowl use a silver spoon to stir together ¾ cup brown sugar and melted butter until just combined.

Add in egg, vanilla, flour and baking powder and stir until mixed.

Roll walnut-size balls and place on trays, allowing a bit of room to spread.

Tip remaining ¼ cup of brown sugar into bowl (no need to even wipe it out) then carefully roll each cookie in the sugar.

Replace on tray then gently flatten with a fork.

Bake for 9-10 minutes or until light gold.

Remove to wire rack to cool completely.

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51 Responses to “The best brown sugar cookie recipe to bake”

  1. meliaindahahmad May 21, 2015 at 6:04 am #

    Wow… This will be great for the upcoming festivities here in Singapore! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Gather and Graze May 21, 2015 at 7:27 am #

    Gorgeous bikkies HM! How exciting for Miss9 and her team… hope they have a fabulous time out there! 🙂

    • thehungrymum May 21, 2015 at 11:53 pm #

      Ta! They had a blast, even in the pouring rain they had huge smiles on their faces x

  3. Jasline @ Foodie Baker May 21, 2015 at 8:49 am #

    No mixer and one bowl wonder? This is definitely a must-try!

    • thehungrymum May 21, 2015 at 12:44 pm #

      Amen, sister! File it under ‘keeper’ category!

  4. Tandy | Lavender and Lime May 21, 2015 at 8:49 am #

    lucky girls for both the biscuits and the opportunity. Hope Miss9’s team did well 🙂

    • thehungrymum May 21, 2015 at 12:43 pm #

      It was so exciting when Miss9’s team took to the field – I cheered so loudly! They played a short game in the pouring rain and were so happy to have had the opportunity! Bickies were a big hit, too 🙂

  5. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef May 21, 2015 at 10:13 am #

    I’ve never made brown sugar cookies but these sound so good!!

    • thehungrymum May 21, 2015 at 11:19 am #

      Brown sugar, like brown butter, lends itself to a nice variation of flavour. Plus these are so simple so yay 😉

  6. Fourth Generation Farmgirl May 21, 2015 at 11:18 am #

    I’ve never heard of brown sugar cookies. I love this recipe and will definitely try them! 🙂

    • thehungrymum May 21, 2015 at 12:07 pm #

      Excellent, I hope you do – they are super good.

  7. tinywhitecottage May 21, 2015 at 8:46 pm #

    These look great and only 6 ingredients! And what fun with the soccer half time game! 🙂

    • thehungrymum May 21, 2015 at 11:51 pm #

      Yes! The soccer was fun, despite the pouring rain and lightening 😉 I love a recipe with just a handful of ingredients, makes baking so much easier.

  8. vegeTARAian May 22, 2015 at 7:55 am #

    Ooooeeee, what perfect little bites! I might give these a try with coconut sugar and egg replacer. Thanks for the inspiration! 😉

    • thehungrymum May 22, 2015 at 10:23 am #

      I’ve never used coconut sugar – is it a straight swap or do you need to reduce/increase the amount?

      • vegeTARAian May 22, 2015 at 10:33 am #

        I go for a straight up switcheroo. It’s not as sweet and adds a lovely caramel colour too.

      • thehungrymum May 23, 2015 at 2:36 am #

        Good to know, will keep an eye out for it.

  9. annaewald May 22, 2015 at 6:53 pm #

    Look great! 🙂

  10. dedy oktavianus pardede May 23, 2015 at 7:04 pm #

    Yup, damn delicious cookies!!!

  11. Corina May 23, 2015 at 7:47 pm #

    Yum! I love how quick and easy these are. I love making cookies but sometimes I don’t want to make too much washing up or have to wait too long to eat them – these sound perfect for those moments!

    • thehungrymum May 24, 2015 at 11:33 am #

      I agree – time is short some days and this recipe is so quick and easy that there’s no excuse NOT to make them 😉

  12. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella May 23, 2015 at 8:34 pm #

    Wow this is a real winner all round! I love easy, quick one bowl recipes 😀

    • thehungrymum May 24, 2015 at 11:30 am #

      ta! I should have called my blog – Donna Hay Fangirl Bakes One Bowl Wonders #true

  13. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid May 23, 2015 at 10:45 pm #

    Yum! They look delicious! I love anything with brown sugar, it gives such a lovely colour and flavour to baked goods. One bowl one-derful!

  14. Zamamabakes May 24, 2015 at 6:10 am #

    I love a one bowl wonder!
    Thanks for linking up with our Fabulous Foodie Fridays fun.
    Have a gorgeous week ahead xx

    • thehungrymum July 2, 2015 at 2:43 am #

      Aren’t one bowls the best?! Cheers for stopping by.

  15. bakeplaysmile May 24, 2015 at 6:57 am #

    Yummo! I love brown sugar cookies – so simple and yet so delicious!!

    • thehungrymum May 24, 2015 at 11:00 am #

      Yes! Simple and yummy – what else could you want in a bickie?!

  16. Lauren @ Create Bake Make May 24, 2015 at 11:19 am #

    Ooh i want one of these right now! I LOVE brown sugar cookies! Thank you for linking up with us for Fabulous Foodie Fridays, I hope you have a great week.

    • thehungrymum May 24, 2015 at 11:10 pm #

      I happen to have some sitting on my bench – sending carrier pigeon to you !

  17. kathryningrid May 25, 2015 at 4:26 am #

    Hope everybody had a grand time! I can definitely guess how grand the snack part was!!! Must try this one. 😀

    • thehungrymum May 25, 2015 at 8:49 am #

      They sure did! Even though I was drenched I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face when Miss9 was playing 🙂

  18. Joanne T Ferguson May 25, 2015 at 9:13 am #

    These look absolutely delicious! Wish i could come through the screen and try one now! Pinned and shared!

    • thehungrymum May 25, 2015 at 10:50 am #

      Awww, ta! Warning: they are very addictive 😉

  19. Fran @ G'day Souffle' May 26, 2015 at 8:36 am #

    Oh boy- I can see that these cookies (biscuits?) have a very high ‘Yippee Factor’!

    • thehungrymum May 27, 2015 at 6:49 am #

      In Australia we call cookies, biscuits (or bickies!). They were pretty yummy, I must say 🙂

  20. Vicki @ Boiled Eggs & Soldiers May 28, 2015 at 11:19 am #

    I’m going to bake some of these for afternoon tea tomorrow – love them!

    • thehungrymum May 28, 2015 at 11:37 am #

      Oh, how good to hear! You won’t be sorry, they are v yummy (if I do say so myself!)

  21. moniquetheurbanmum June 20, 2015 at 6:13 am #

    The school holidays have just kicked in, lots of picnics and park days planned, perfect to bake these (might do double the recipe and pop 1/2 the batch in the freezer…if they last that long). I love a basic, yummy homemade biscuit…x

  22. kidsrecipesandorganisedchaos February 7, 2016 at 12:31 pm #

    That’s super exciting for your daughter (and you!)

  23. Lisa @ cheergerm February 7, 2016 at 8:55 pm #

    Anything with brown sugar Mrs H. Have put this on my list of baking ‘to do’.

    • The Hungry Mum February 7, 2016 at 9:19 pm #

      I know! Brown sugar is so the winner in the ‘best sweet stuff’ stakes x

  24. Antonia February 8, 2016 at 2:35 pm #

    These look so good. I bet they loved them! I haven’t heard of brown sugar cookies before and definitely need to try them.

  25. thehungrymum May 28, 2015 at 9:49 am #

    thanks for the blog love!


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