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


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1/2 c
1/2 c
white sugar
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


  • 1Cream together shortening, sugar, egg and vanilla.
  • 2In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and salt.
  • 3Mix the dry with the wet ingredients.
  • 4Use a cookie scoop or a 2 Tablespoon measuring spoon to scoop and drop cookies onto a cookie sheet.
  • 5Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.
  • 6Put 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.
  • 7Allow the butter to cook until the bubbles have died down and you are left with a brown butter.
  • 8Add 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.
  • 9When 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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