3 Ingredient Brown Sugar Cookies

This is the ideal recipe to keep in your purse to deal with many possible scenarios. Late to the Christmas gifting game? I got you covered. Are guests arriving, and you’ve forgotten all about dessert? It’s no problem. Do you need some sweet treats but aren’t in the mood to visit the grocery store? Done.

Three ingredients (that you probably have at hand) and a bit of time keep you from enjoying a stunning tray of freshly baked shortbread brown sugar cookies.

Three ingredients I’m referring to? Flour, butter along with brown sugar. That’s it!

In the past, shortbread was made using bread dough left over, rolled in spices and sugar, then cooked at low temperature until it cooled.

It’s a recipe that has been used in the past to make a profit and, even though you’re not making them following a huge bake, these can be made using ingredients from your pantry and, this is why the spirit of resourcefulness is still alive.

Tips to Make Brown Sugar Shortbread Cookies

Remember that the butter must be salted to avoid adding one teaspoon of salt to the ingredients list.

If you have white sugar, it can work in place of brown sugar, but there’s something to be noted about the sweetness of molasses that brown sugar gives this recipe.

Before you begin, collect your ingredients.

Like all recipes with smaller ingredient lists, it is crucial to select high-quality products. A quality, brand-name butter like Kerrygold or Tillamook works well in this recipe.

Good butter will create the perfect flakey, delicious crumble that is unchangeable. They are sometimes referred to as Three Ingredient Brown Sugar Cookies. However, I believe it is butter that’s the main ingredient.

After that, add the brown sugar and butter into the bowl of the stand mixer. Utilizing the paddle attachment, mix all the ingredients until a smooth, fluffy mixture is formed. It is also possible to do this by hand or by using your hands.

Mix in the dry ingredients. Mix until it is barely incorporated and an almost crumbly dough begins to form.

On a clean, dry surface, pour the mixture and use your hands to work it until it starts to form the shape of a big ball.

After transferring the dough onto an uncluttered piece of parchment paper and then roll it out using your hands to form an elongated, round piece of dough, if you’d like to, make the log into a ball using brown sugar, as I’ve done here.

Then, you can chop the log into round pieces immediately or wrap it in saran wrapping and chill for at least an hour or overnight.

The dough may also be frozen for up to 3 months if you’re preparing for future baking or prefer to have a tasty dessert to hand. If you decide to put the dough in the freezer, place it in the refrigerator in the evening before baking or on the counter for just a few hours prior to the time.

Once you are ready to bake, then cut the entire log into rounds that are even using the sharp edge of a knife.

Set cookies on a tray lined with cookie sheets and bake for about 15 minutes in a 350-degree oven. The baking time will be longer if working with dough that has been chilled. As soon as the cookies are starting to get brown on the edges, take them off and allow them to sit on the pan for five minutes before moving them onto a cooling rack with wires.

Here it is! A simple, sweet biscuit that is begging to be enjoyed along with a refreshing cup of tea.

Mix-Ins Optional for Brown Sugar Shortbread Cookies

If you’re feeling more adventurous, you could turn these into four or five ingredients and give them a new flavor with the addition of ingredients like sprinkles, chopped nuts, citrus zests, chocolate, etc.

You can also include a spice such as cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, or any combination of the above. The options are virtually infinite.

For the more substantial ingredients just increase your butter by several tablespoons, then include the desired ingredient(s). If you want to add citrus zest or spices, you can add them in with no other modifications.

To make a cookie with a theme of Christmas, It’s enjoyable to cut the dough in two and then use food coloring to color the other half green or red. You can twist the two sides to create a two-toned log of dough. Cut it into slices and proceed in the manner indicated.

How to make 3 Ingredients Brown Sugar Cookies

Preheat the oven until 325°F. Two cookie sheets should be lined with parchment paper.

Step 1: Gather the three ingredients.

Step 2: Mix the sugar and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer until it reaches an airy consistency.

Step 3: Add the flour and mix until it begins to blend.

Step 4: Turn the mixture onto a clean surface, and utilize your hands to shape it into a single ball.

Step 5: Roll the dough into a log, approximately 12-14 inches.

Additional: Using parchment Roll the log in brown sugar and cover the exterior.

If refrigerating, wrap it with saran wrap before placing it on the fridge.

Step 6: When the dough is ready for baking, cut the dough into rounds that are about 1/2 centimeter thick.

Step 7: Place the rounds on the cookie sheets.

Step 8: Bake for 15 to 18 to 20 minutes, or until the edges begin to brown.

Step 9. Step: Serve and have fun!

Three Ingredients Brown Sugar Cookies

  • yield: 24 Time to prepare: 20 Minutes Cook time: 15 Minutes Total time: 35 Minutes

Brown sugar shortbread cookies can be made using only three ingredients. Enjoy! 4.4 5 stars (67 Reviews)Print


  • 1 cup butter at room temperature
  • Half cup brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour


  1. Preheat the oven until 325°F. Place two cookie sheets on parchment paper.
  2. Mix the sugar and butter in the bowl in an electric mixer until it becomes an airy consistency.
  3. Add the flour, and mix until it is just beginning to blend.
  4. Spread the mixture on an even surface. Use your hands to shape it into a ball.
  5. Make the dough into a log, approximately 12-14 inches in length.
  6. (Optional) Utilizing parchment paper to roll the log, you can roll it in brown sugar, covering the exterior.
  7. If refrigerating, wrap it with saran wrap before placing it on the fridge.
  8. Once ready to bake, cut the dough into equal rounds about half an inch thick. Put the dough on the cookie sheets.
  9. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until the edges start to brown.
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