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Brown Sugar Cookies


  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar + more to dress
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 1/2 tbsp molasses
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 3/4 cup flour


  1. In a stand mixer with a whisk attachment on the lowest speed (or by hand with a whisk in a bowl), add sugar, butter, egg, vanilla extract, milk, and molasses, and whisk well to combine. The mixture should be slightly gritty but with no obvious clumps or streaks.
  2. With the stand mixer still running, add baking soda and baking powder.
  3. At this point, heat your oven to 375 F and grease a baking tray.
  4. Gradually mix in 2 3/4 cups flour until fully combined. When mixed, the dough should be very soft and slightly crumbly.
  5. Separate dough into 30 gram balls (a little smaller than a ping-pong ball) and then place them in a shallow dish of granulated sugar. Press down evenly to make a puck, and line up on the greased sheet tray in rows of 3-2-3-2-3.
  6. Bake at 375 F for 11 minutes. Cookies will fluff during baking before melting down and turning a deeply golden-brown.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool 3-5 minutes. Cooling is faster on a wire rack.