Grandma's Sugar Cookies with Brown Butter Icing

Melodee Fiske


My grandma used to make these for us growing up. I got a hold of this recipe when she passed away so her legacy can live on...and now hopefully it will become apart of yours!

My sister and I made over a hundred of these for a Halloween Trunk or Treat party. We had so many stopping by our "Holy Rollin' Bakery" that night! We even took home 2nd prize!


★★★★★ 3 votes

1 dozen cookies
15 Min
10 Min



  • 1/2 c
  • 1/2 c
    white sugar
  • 1
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 1/8 c
  • 1/4 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp

  • 1/4 c
  • 3/4 c
    powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp

How to Make Grandma's Sugar Cookies with Brown Butter Icing


  1. Cream together shortening, sugar, egg and vanilla.
  2. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and salt.
  3. Mix the dry with the wet ingredients.
  4. Use a cookie scoop or a 2 Tablespoon measuring spoon to scoop and drop cookies onto a cookie sheet.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.
  6. Put a 1/4 cup of butter into a sauce pan over medium-medium high heat. The butter will melt and then come to a boil.
  7. Allow the butter to cook until the bubbles have died down and you are left with a brown butter.
  8. Add in powder sugar a little at a time. After the sugar has been mixed in, add about a teaspoon of water so the frosting becomes a spreading consistency. If the frosting is watery or it appears the sugar hasn't absorbed all of the butter, add more powedered sugar.
  9. When the cookies have cooled, gently frost the cookies with the brown butter frosting.

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About Grandma's Sugar Cookies with Brown Butter Icing

Course/Dish: Cookies
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids
Hashtags: #sugar, #drop, #jumbles

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