Brown Sugar Cut Out Cookies

Brown Sugar Cut Out Cookies
Just in time for holiday baking, I thought I'd share a great recipe for cut out cookies.  Perfect for gift giving or serving on a platter at your parties, these Brown Sugar Cut Out Cookies are sure to be a hit.

I have had these adorable acorn and leaf-shaped cookie cutters for the longest time and I finally busted them out this weekend. We had a get together with our small group again and I took a batch of these along. My favorites are definitely the acorns with the Heath Bar toffee pieces. They remind me of Pepperidge Farms' Milano Cookies, but I didn't feel as guilty eating 10 of them. You see, I didn't need to get rid of the evidence (empty Pepperidge Farm bag). I will only feel bad when I can't button my jeans ;-)
Brown Sugar Cut Out Cookies
Brown Sugar Cut Out Cookies

2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 pinch of salt
1 stick butter, softened
1 egg
1-2 Tbsp. half-&-half
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup brown sugar
flour for rolling surface
colored sugar for sprinkling
melted chocolate chips
Heath toffee pieces

In large mixing bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Beat in egg, vanilla and half & half. In smaller bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Slowly add to butter/sugar mixture until fully combined. Add in a little more half & half (1/2 tsp. at a time) if the dough is too dry. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. On floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8 inch thickness and cut with cookie cutters. Place on parchment lined cookie sheets 1 1/2 inches apart and sprinkle with colored sugar, if desired. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until a light golden color. If you didn't use sprinkles, spread on some melted chocolate and top with toffee pieces.
Brown Sugar Cut Out Cookies
By themselves, the cookies are not very sweet. They definitely need the sprinkles or chocolate to make them shine. We'll be ramping up our traditional Christmas Cookie baking soon and I plan on adding these to the lineup. When do you start baking for the holidays?

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14 comments:

  1. Wow, your cut out cookies are super cute and they look delicious Nici!

    Hugs,
    Heather
    MySweetMission.net

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  2. So pretty and perfect! I am a cookie lover but with brown sugar interesting. I may have to make these. Pinned Thanks, Andi

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  3. These look good and I'm glad to find something with a little less sugar. I get so sugared out over the holidays. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. These look fab! The recipe is slightly different then any other sugar cookie I have made before and I'm excited to try this one out, glad I found your blog on Freedom Fridays!

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  5. Those are beautiful cookies Nici!! I love the simplicity of them. :)

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  6. Sounds delicious, and they look so cute!

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  7. Hi Nici,
    Your cookies look wonderful, and sure put me in the Christmas Spirit. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen

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  8. oh, I love those acorn cookies--so cute!

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  9. This is a really silly question.. but when a recipe refers to one stick of butter is that a cup?

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  10. Nici,
    These look so good. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party. Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com

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  11. Nic, your cookies are adorable, and they look delicious. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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  12. Love the thought of brown sugar. I pinned for future use.

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  13. Hopping from Inspire Me Monday. These are absolutely gorgeous cookies. They are perfectly baked and decorated, but I wouldn't hesitate for a second to sink my teeth into one. lol Thanks for sharing! Now, you've put me in the mood to bake cookies. In advance, my husband sends his thanks. :) ~Curious as a Cathy

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