Browned Butter Frosted Cookies Straight Out of a 90’s Cookbook

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If you’re from the 1950’s and a fan of Betty Crocker’s recipes, well, I’m sure you will absolutely love these Browned Butter Frosted Cookies.

Here’s everything you need to know to make it right.

Brown sugar drops just like the old times


Cooking Time:

Prep Time:


Dessert, Snacks

10 Mins

1 Hr 10 Mins



  • ½ cup margarine (original recipe called for shortening).
  • 1½ cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream (I used reduced fat)
  • 2¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-4 Tbsp hot water
  • 1 tsp vanilla (I used vanilla bean paste)


  • ​Cream margarine and brown sugar.
  • Add eggs, sour cream and vanilla.
  • Combine dry ingredients and mix in.
  • Refrigerate at least 1 hour!!
  • Drop dough onto parchment or Silpat lined baking sheets (or lightly grease)
  • Bake at 400 degrees F, 9-10 minutes or until springy.
  • Remove to cool on a rack.
  • To make icing, heat butter until it turns a nutty brown.
  • Remove from heat and blend in powdered sugar.
  • Add vanilla and 1-2 Tbsp water at a time until reaches desired consistency.
  • Spoon over cookies.

Make sure you’re quick with the spooning of the frosting. Leave it too long and scooping it out will be a lot harder. You’d like it easy peasy, isn’t it?