Brown Sugar Cookies Are Anything But Dull

Warm, rich sugar cookies made with brown sugar will make you never want to go back to normal sugar cookies.


Photo Courtesy of Emmy Walker

Brown sugar cookies are delicious and easy to make.

Emmy Walker, Columnist

I was sitting at home one day and suddenly got an extreme craving for sugar cookies. I had the recipe ready to go, and I made my way to my pantry to get out the ingredients. I quickly realized that I was missing one key ingredient: white sugar. I still couldn’t shake the craving for sugar cookies, so I decided to find a recipe for sugar cookies made with brown sugar instead of white sugar. I was pleasantly surprised by the results! These cookies are much richer than the originals, and they vaguely taste like caramel. The recipe below can make around three to four dozen.


  • ½ cup shortening
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 pinch cinnamon sugar (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and prepare an ungreased baking sheet.
  2. Beat together the shortening, butter, brown sugar, egg, and vanilla in a small bowl until smooth.
  3. In a larger bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and salt until it is well combined.
  4. Gradually add in the smooth mixture and beat on low speed until the dough is completely mixed.
  5. Scoop the dough into balls and place them on the baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes. You will know they are done when they are golden brown.
  7. This is optional, but you may add a pinch of cinnamon sugar to each cookie to give a burst of flavor.
  8. Grab yourself a tall glass of milk, and enjoy!