Monday, March 7, 2016

Brown Sugar- Spice Cookies Recipe

These cookies are simple, crispy yet chewy, buttery, and sweet - perfect in a lunch for the kids, or as a treat with your afternoon coffee. They also make great ice cream sandwich cookies.

Adapted from a recipe by Serious Eats. I like to add my favorite spices to this - cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom. I also will often use 1 cup of whole wheat pastry flour and 1 cup all purpose flour. It adds a bit of fiber and I like the texture of the cookie with the pastry flour. 

Leave some room around each cookie as they do spread. This recipe makes two pans of cookies (12 on each pan) so I refrigerate the second pan while the first bakes. It helps ensure the second batch doesn't spread too much.

Quantity: about 24 cookies

  • ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (7 ounces; 200 grams)
  • 1 1/2 cups packed dark brown sugar, divided (10.5 ounces; 300 grams)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt (3g)
  • 1 large egg (50g)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (10ml)
  • 2 cups (10 ounces) all-purpose flour (285g) or 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour plus 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (4g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (2g)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cardamom
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silpats.
  2. Mix butter, brown sugar, and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Add in egg and vanilla and stir.
  4. Add to the bowl, flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom and gently mix until combined.
  5. Pour 1 cup raw or turbinado sugar into a separate bowl.
  6. Scoop dough using a 1 inch cookie scoop, or about the size of a walnut sized and gently roll in sugar. 
  7. Place on cookie sheet and press down slightly to ½ inch thickness. Place 12 on each pan.
  8. Bake about 10 minutes - until golden edges appear and the tops have puffed and crinkled a bit.
  9. Let cookies cool on pans for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.


  1. Like these buttery cookies.Perfect to give surprise for loved one.

    Cookie Gifts

  2. Love that you added cardamom to these! What a simple but delicious looking recipe!