Brown Sugar Cut-Out Cookies and Icing Recipe -
Brown Sugar Cut-Out Cookies and Icing Recipe

Brown Sugar Cut-Out Cookies and Icing

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"These cookies are great for a rainy day activity with the kids. Also great for Christmas gifts. This was handed down since at least my great grandmother and are YUMMY!"

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Original recipe makes 8 dozen Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    6 mins

    1 hr 31 mins


  1. In a large bowl, stir together 1 cup butter and brown sugar until smooth and creamy. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt, and baking soda; stir into creamed mixture. Mix in milk, stirring until a soft dough forms. Cover, and chill for 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 365 degrees F (185 degrees C). On a floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters. Place cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake in a preheated oven for 6 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together 1 cup butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla until it becomes smooth and creamy. Gradually stir in sugar, one cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in a splash of milk, and continue mixing until light and fluffy. Keep icing covered until ready to decorate. Spread icing on top of cookies.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 31, 2005

Loved these cookies. Were easy to make and roll out. I added one egg to the recipe, but followed the rest of it. The cookies were very moist and the icing was great. Plan to use this icing on cakes as well. Very, very yummy and my kids were able to help with the whole thing.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 25, 2006

I followed the recipe and found I had to add more milk in order for it to become doughy because of the excess amount of flour included. I don't think I'll use this one again.


55 Ratings

Oct 22, 2005

very good recipe i had to add a little bit of water to make more of a dough. I also added one egg.For flavor I added some pumpkin spice inside and pumpkin spice/sugar for the top. plain ones with mint chocolate chips on top were 9 year old loved them. Thanks for the great recipe!

Aug 17, 2005

Great recipe- ity definitely rivals regular cout out cookies! I added an egg to the recipe and the result was extra moist cookies that remained soft even days later. They seemed better rolled out on the thick side.

Dec 24, 2008

I made this recipe for a "girls day" my 7 year old had. I made a batch and a half and there was plenty of dough for the 6 kids to roll out. I added 2 medium eggs to the batter, as noted by other reviewers. The dough was tasty and easy to work with and the cookies have stayed nice and soft. I skipped the frosting (too many hands in the kitchen this time around) so no comment on that. I made the dough a day in advance, rolled it out on 5 sheets and left it in the freezer till we were ready to use it - worked great!

Sep 26, 2005

These cookies were great. Unlike most cookies these were still soft and moist the next week. I even warmed 1/2 of the milk just enough to disolve a teaspoon of instant coffee and added it to 1/2 the dough to give a coffee taste, since I am a coffee junkie lol and they were great too.

Sep 29, 2007

Instead of milk I added 1 cup sour cream. I also increased the vanilla to 1 Tbls. instead of 1 tsp. I added cinnamon to the roll out flour. I did not have to chill at all. these rolled out great.

Mar 21, 2005

It's simple, it's GREAT and it's yummy. I myself like them as tea biscuits. They're excellent, not strong or overbearing. Thank You for Sharing this one.


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  • Calories
  • 75 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 9.3 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 3.9 g
  • 6%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.7 g
  • 1%
  • Sodium
  • 54 mg
  • 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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