Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies Recipe

One Bowl Baking

Great baked goods don't necessarily require multiple pots and pans. These easy recipes require just one bowl, which means less time, less clean up, and more eating.

Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies Recipe

Chewy brown sugar cookies [Photograph: Vicky Wasik]

These warm and chewy brown sugar cookies really hit the spot, and in only 30 minutes.

Why It Works

  • melting the butter makes for denser, chewier cookies.
  • Rolling the dough in brown sugar doubles down on brown sugar flavor while adding a crackly texture to the exterior.
  • Yield:makes 14 to 16 cookies
  • Active time: 10 minutes
  • Total time:25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 14 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (7 ounces; 200g)
  • 1 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar, divided (12 1/4 ounces; 350g)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt (3g)
  • 1 large egg (50g)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (10ml)
  • 2 cups (10 ounces) all-purpose flour (285g)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (4g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (2g)

Directions

  1. 1.

    Adjust two oven racks to upper and lower middle positions and preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. 2.

    Stir butter, 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, and salt in a large bowl until combined. Stir in egg and vanilla until combined. Add flour, baking powder, and baking soda to bowl and stir until combined.

  3. 3.

    Scoop 1/4 cup sized balls of dough onto baking sheets (7 to 8 per pan). Add remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar to now empty (unwashed) bowl. Roll each dough ball into sugar, return to pan, and press to about 1 inch thick.

  4. 4.

    Bake until tops have puffed and cracked, and edges are golden, 9 to 11 minutes, rotating pans from top to bottom and front to back halfway through baking. Let cool on pans for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool.