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Brown Butter Crinkle Cookies

I absolutely love baking cookies. They have a relatively low time investment, but are SO satisfying homemade. I would bake cookies daily if I could. These brown butter crinkle cookies have been one of my kids favorites for ages. I have made them so many times as teacher thank you gifts or for class parties when the kids were young.

I hadn’t made them in a while and wanted to make some cookies today but didn’t plan ahead, so these were the perfect cookie to make!

These are as simple and easy as cookies get, but they are extra tasty due to the browned butter/brown sugar/vanilla combo. They are thin and crispy on the edges, but have a chewy texture and a great vanilla caramel flavor. If you like your cookies to be a little thicker and less crispy on the edges, you can add a few extra tablespoons of flour to the dough, but we love them as is.

I use a cookie scoop like this to portion my cookies. It makes it so much easier, and they come out mostly the same size which is satisfying.

After portioning out the dough, it is rolled in a sugar/brown sugar mix and baked until the surface is just cracking on top.

These brown butter crinkle cookies are a quick and easy cookie with ingredients you probably already have at home. Hope they will become one of your favorites too.


Brown Butter Crinkle Cookies

Delicious brown butter crinkle cookies
Course Dessert
Keyword Cookies, Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 24 cookies


  • 14 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar for coating
  • 1 3/4 cup brown sugar dark or regular
  • 2 cups AP flour
  • 2 tbsp AP flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla


  • Heat butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until melted, about 2 minutes. Continue to cook, swirling pan constantly until butter is dark golden brown and has nutty aroma, 1 to 3 minutes. Browned butter can burn easily and does not taste good burnt so watch it carefully. There is a certain smell it gives off when it starts to brown that is hard to describe, but once you do it once, you will know. Immediately pour into your mixing bowl and scrape all the browned bits in too.
  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper, or lightly coat them with cooking spray.
  • Add the brown sugar (mix the 1/4 cup brown sugar + granulated in a small bowl on the side to coat your cookies in), salt, baking soda and mix well.
  • Add the egg and yolk and whisk well until incorporated. Add the baking powder and whisk again until very well mixed.
  • Add the flour mix until just combined, about 1 minute. Give the dough a final stir with a rubber spatula to ensure that no flour pockets remain and the ingredients are evenly distributed.
  • Divide the dough into 24 portions, each about 2 tablespoons. I use a cookie scoop. Working in batches, toss the balls in the reserved sugar mixture to coat and set them on the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake one sheet at a time until cookies are browned and still puffy and edges have begun to set but the centers are still soft (cookies will look raw between cracks and seem underdone – don’t overbake), 9-13 minutes. Cool the cookies for 1-2 minutes on the baking sheets and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

Check out my other cookie recipes here!

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