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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 Cookes on a plate.

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.

Three cookies on a plate.

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.

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.

Frosted cookies on a wire rack.

Kitchen Tools I Use

  • Electric Stand Mixer– A stand mixer is preferred, but a hand-held mixer can be used instead.
  • Baking Sheets– I love these heavy duty baking sheets from everything to roasting vegetables to baking cookies.
  • Parchment Paper– use parchment paper for easy clean-up an to prevent the cookies from sticking.
  • Cookie Scoop– a cookie scoop makes it easy to quickly and easily measure out the cookie dough.
  • Wire Rack– great for cooling the cookies.
Caramel Frosted Brown Suagr Cookies on a plate and a wire rack.


  • Use walnuts or almonds instead of pecans.
  • Add a sprinkling of sea salt on top for some salty/sweet flavor.

How To Store

Cookies can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for 5 days.

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Caramel Frosted Brown Suagr Cookies on cooling rack.

Watch the Short Video Below to See How Easy This Brown Sugar Cookie Recipe Is.

Caramel Frosted Brown Sugar Cookies with pecans

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.
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 12 minutes
TOTAL: 27 minutes


  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease 2 baking sheets or line them with parchment paper.
  • Sift flour and baking soda together into a bowl. Add salt. Set aside.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat together the brown sugar and butter until fluffy.
  • Add eggs one at a time and vanilla extract. Beat until evenly mixed, scraping down the sides of the bowl.
  • Lightly beat in half of flour mixture.
  • Beat in sour cream until blended well.
  • Add remaining flour mixture and pecans and beat until mixed.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Add brown sugar and cook 1 minute while stirring.
  • Stir in hot water and corn syrup until well mixed and sugar dissolves.
  • Vigorously stir in powdered sugar and vanilla extract until completely smooth. Add sea salt.
  • Frost cookies before frosting sets and sprinkle with pecans.


Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature.
Nutritional info is provided as an estimate only and will vary based on brands of products used.


Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 110mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 414IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas, pecans

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Originally posted November 12, 2014.

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29 thoughts on “Caramel Frosted Brown Sugar Cookies”

  1. Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel

    Oh my gosh, these sound awesome! I cannot wait until my holiday cookie baking season begins!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen

    These cookies! I want! The caramel frosting looks amazing – I think I could eat it by the spoonful!

  3. Cookies are great for sharing during holiday season ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for sharing this recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking

    LOVE!!!! These cookies look insanely delicious. That frosting is calling my name. Pinned! And I love Nancy Baggett, btw! I have her All American Dessert book. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Beth @ bethcakes

    These cookies look fabulous! I love the caramel frosting with little pecan pieces on top. These would be so perfect to give people during the holidays! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven

    These are definitely my kinda cookie! Swooning over that caramel frosting and how soft and chewy these look! pinning.

  7. Shashi @ runninsrilankan

    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”? ๐Ÿ™‚
    Your adaptation of Nancy Baggettโ€™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!

  8. Renee@Two in the Kitchen

    We actually have flurries today!! I love the look of these cookies! Browned sugar is just so comforting and I could eat that caramel frosting with a spoon!! pinned. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. 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!

  10. Arpita@ The Gastronomic Bong

    Hi Christin, these cookies look delicious. . Love the flavours.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes

    The cold weather does the same to me – I never wanna leave and I become a hermit. Haha! I will wear flip-flops right until the first snowfall thought. I hate socks and shoes LOL Love these cookies – the frosting looks to die for.

  12. Krystle(Baking Beauty)

    These look absolutely amazing! Brown sugar and caramel=perfection. Pinned to try soon!

  13. Jessica @ Sweet Menu

    YES please! These cookies look incredible – so LOVE the caramel frosting and dusting of pecans! If there was a tray of cookies in front of me, in all kinds of flavours, I would pick this one!

  14. Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes)

    OMG these cookies are magical! I love the caramel and brown sugar combo. Perfection!

  15. Ashley | The Recipe Rebel

    I just made some a lot like this from a Southern Christmas cookbook, and we’re kind of in love! Yours look amazing — I might just have to try this version too! Pinned ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Sugar cookies are my absolute favorite and these look like the best ever! I love your creativity, Christin! I’ve never had a brown sugar kind with caramel frosting, so I’m loving this. Pinned!

  17. These are the kinds of cookies I’ve been craving for a while! Cookies with caramel sauce, yum! Definitely going to try this out ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain

    These look like a wonderful addition to my ever-growing list of Christmas cookies I need to make. ๐Ÿ˜€ That caramel frosting is so smooth and creamy! Love these cookies, Christin.

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