Brown Sugar Cookies

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Brown Sugar Cookies Brown Sugar Cookies Recipe Courtesy of

Servings: About 4 1/2 dozen cookies
Difficulty: Easy

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1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
2 cups packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 cups self-rising flour
2 cups chopped walnuts or pecans





Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.

In a bowl, cream the butter and sugar, then beat in the vanilla. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well. Add the flour 1/2 cup at a time, continuing to beat. Stir in the nuts.

Drop the dough by heaping tablespoon onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until golden brown.

Variation: For variety, you may want to add chocolate chips or coconut flakes. Sometimes I add both, depending on my mood.

Publication: Paula Deen's Kitchen Classics

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My mom use to have a recipe for Brown Sugar Cookies. She's lost it and I have searched for it for years in cookbooks and the internet. Her's called for buttermilk, tho' and was chewy. Had a distinct flavor. She'd gotten it form her neighbor, whose husband was Air Force and they'd been stationed out in Oklahoma or around that area, way back in the 50's. Would love to be able to find that recipe. Thanks so much and I have faithfully stood by you and now Phil Robertson. Love you guys so much.

By Phyllis on December 20, 2013


I just made these cookies and although they puffed up real nice and looked beautiful, the flavor was lacking. Bland and a bit pasty. Won't be making them any more..a waste of expensive pecans.

By Dierdra on August 02, 2013


Great help, got my school project done.

By Devon Chandler on January 23, 2013


Do you have to use self-rising flour? Can you also leave out the nuts (walnuts/pecans)?

By Sheena on January 08, 2013


I love this recipe! it is my go to when I make choc. chip cookies. But the first time I try this reciped they were really flat cookies and didn't look very good. When I tried it the second time I added a little bit more flour (and do make sure your flour is SELF-RAISING!) and they turn out fluffy and nice!

By Anonymous on November 30, 2012


Taste great! My husband had some of his motorcycle friends over right after a ride and they were a hit! A little flatter than I thought they would turn out but great flavor and just a little crisp. Everyone here loved them

By Justina on December 31, 2011


I tried making the cookies and I am just about to put them In the trash. They were to sweet and look like they didn't cook well. This was even after I doubled the cooking time

By Evelyn on December 24, 2011


Mike you are one Blessed man your wife cooks great and she's cute. Paula your show is the greatest

By Dan and Joanne cook on December 23, 2011


My suggestion on this recipe is to pour the batter in a 9x13 casserole dish instead of making into cookies. When I made this recipe into cookies they turned out really flat and thin and were falling apart. I don't know what happened because I followed the recipe precisely. When I poured the batter into a casserole dish and cut it into bars in held together much better. And btw, this recipe is absolutely delicious! The first batch may have turned into bad looking cookies but they still tasted so good! I hope this helps someone! smile

By Leah on December 15, 2011


My cookies are so delicious thanks to Paula I love your southern style cooking. I use ur recipe for all occassions-Sophia from Arizona

By Anonymous on November 18, 2011


LOVED THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can you email the recipe for your kit kat bars? Hubbys favorite and i dont remember the recipe or which of your magazines they were in

By Linda Landrum on September 28, 2011


Oh my good ness... What a great sight. I love your show paula also the love and joy of family you have with your sons. I also raised my 2 children after a divorce. I love to cook and can produce from my garden. I also raise ducks for eggs and chickens for meart. I enjoy hunting in the fall. Thanks so much for all you fun shows and info on cooking and raising great children into great adults. Susan

By susan ballantine on August 24, 2011


Hi Paula I certainly enjoy your show. I read the note about the brown sugar cookies and I printed it out for one of the recipes I would use and notices the word ungreased is still there so I thought you would want to know so you could change it to greased or parchment paper. JUst so no one else might fall into that problem. Thank you for your wonderful show and I hope it will continue for a very long time. Diane

By Diane on June 23, 2011


By kezell498 on January 19, 2011


This recipe was really disappointing. I used an ungreased cookie sheet and the cookies were almost impossible to get off the sheet. They were also kind of flaky and falling apart. I did the recipe exactly as it says and cooked them for 10 minutes.

By Rachel on January 18, 2011

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