Caramel Frosted Brown Sugar Cookies

Caramel Frosted Brown Sugar Cookies consist of a soft, cake-like cookie topped with a rich caramel frosting and pecan pieces. There are little bits of crunchy pecan in the batter too.


Caramel Frosted Brown Sugar Cookies with pecans

Caramel Frosted Brown Sugar Cookies consist of a soft, cake-like cookie topped with a rich caramel frosting and pecan pieces. There are little bits of crunchy pecan in the batter too. This is a recipe that I’ve adapted somewhat from Nancy Baggett’s The All-American Cookie Book. I love the contrast between the soft cookies with their simple, subtle flavors and the rich, sweet caramel frosting. Paired together they produce a cookie with just the right amount of sweetness.

Caramel Frosted Brown Sugar Cookies

I think today will be our last stretch of warm weather for a while. Might finally be time to pack away the flip flops. Cold weather makes me want to hibernate in the house and stay in the kitchen with the oven on and bake away.

Caramel Frosted Brown Sugar Cookies

Normally I’m more apt to bake pies or brownies. But I think this Holiday season is going to be all about cookies.

I feel certain these Caramel Frosted Brown Sugar Cookies will make a few more appearances at our house this winter. They go wonderfully with a glass of warm milk or a cup of coffee.

 

Caramel Frosted Brown Sugar Cookies

 

Caramel Frosted Brown Sugar Cookies with pecans
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Caramel Frosted Brown Sugar Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
27 mins
 

Caramel Frosted Brown Sugar Cookies consist of a soft, cake-like cookie topped with a rich caramel frosting and pecan pieces. There are little bits of crunchy pecan in the batter too.

Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24
Calories: 291 kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Ingredients
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, slightly softened
  • 1 1/3 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
Caramel Frosting
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut in chunks
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted after measuring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • Chopped pecans for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease 2 baking sheets or line them with parchment paper.
  2. Sift flour and baking soda together into a bowl. Add salt. Set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer, beat together the brown sugar and butter until fluffy.
  4. Add eggs one at a time and vanilla extract. Beat until evenly mixed, scraping down the sides of the bowl.
  5. Lightly beat in half of flour mixture.
  6. Beat in sour cream until blended well.
  7. Add remaining flour mixture and pecans and beat until mixed.
  8. Using a 1/8-cup measure cup or ice cream scoop, drop dough in even mounds on prepared sheets, leaving 2 1/2 inches between cookies. Lightly flatten the tops of cookies using your hand or the back of a spoon.
  9. Bake 1 sheet at a time placing in the upper third of the oven for 9 to 12 minutes. Edges should be turning light gold and center should be just barely firm. Let cool on pans for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  10. For frosting, melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Simmer butter, stirring occasionally until it turns slightly golden and smells very fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  11. Add brown sugar and cook 1 minute while stirring.
  12. Stir in hot water and corn syrup until well mixed and sugar dissolves.
  13. Vigorously stir in powdered sugar and vanilla extract until completely smooth. Add sea salt.
  14. Frost cookies before frosting sets and sprinkle with pecans.

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24 thoughts on “Caramel Frosted Brown Sugar Cookies

  1. Made these this morning for a cookie exchange this evening, I saved some for my family to try and boy are they good! Hope they are a hit at the exchange! Thanks!

  2. I made these yesterday. They are awesome. Gave some to the neighbors, my mom, my boyfriend, and brought the rest into work today. Just making friends all over the place with these! Oh yea, gave each of my dogs a cookie and their tails wagged in delight.

  3. That’s what the weatherman said for my neck of the woods too – with freezing rain expected on Monday/Tuesday – I’m wondering what happened to “HOTlanta”? 🙂
    Your adaptation of Nancy Baggett’s cookie looks wonderful! I haven’t evern been able to make a perfect sugar cookie so I appreciate perfection when I see it – these cookies with their sweet caramel frosting are a winner!

  4. These are so my kind of cookie! They sound fantastic!!

    And the weather – it was over 70 here yesterday and today I think the high is like 52 – it’s crazy!

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