Brown Sugar Cookies with Fleur de Sel

Brown Sugar Cookies

I’m an honest kind of gal, so here goes. I really love raw cookie dough and often find it hard not to lick the spoon. I know, gross, but I can’t help it! It’s one of my few vices and darnit, a good girl needs to be bad once in a while.

What I love the most, though, is chocolate chip cookie dough. It’s so soft, fluffy, light and subtly sweet, just like these wonderful brown sugar cookies. Simple sugar cookies have always been my favorite, but these are like a sugar cookie/chocolate chip hybrid. In a word: Dreamy, decadent and delicious!

Brown Sugar Cookie Recipe

These cookies come together easily, and there’s no rolling required, so you can mix them up and have them hot out of the oven in about 20 minutes. I don’t make cookies too often, but when I do, they’ve gotta be soft, slightly crisp yet chewy, and perfect dunked into a glass of milk! If you’re like me, all of your cookie cravings will be fulfilled with the simple, scrumptious flavor and texture of these little treats.

Oh yea, and they make incredibly yummy cookie sandwiches!

Cookie Sandwich

I think the fleur de sel (which is a coarse French salt) sprinkled on top really brings out the sweet flavor of the brown sugar. However, if you’re not sure it’s your thing, try it on one cookie and see. If not, feel free to omit it altogether. The sweet-and-salty combo isn’t for everyone!

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Brown Sugar Cookies with Fleur de Sel

Yield: Makes about 2 dozen


1 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1/4 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup butter

3/4 cups brown sugar (any kind)

1 large egg

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 Tbsp. sugar, for topping

Chocolate chips, optional

Fleur de sel or coarse sea salt, optional


Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In a large bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, followed by vanilla extract. Gradually blend in the flour mixture until dough comes together and no streaks of dry ingredients remain.

Place sugar in a small bowl. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and roll in sugar before placing on baking sheet. Allow about 2 inches between cookies to allow for spread.

Bake for 11-14 minutes, until cookies are set and very lightly browned around the edges.

Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 3-4 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. If desired, press a chocolate chip in the center of each cookie and/or sprinkle with a little fleur de sel or coarse sea salt. Store in an airtight container.


Adapted from Baking Bites


36 Responses to “Brown Sugar Cookies with Fleur de Sel”

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    The Café Sucré Farine — May 26, 2011 @ 11:05 am

    How pretty and they sound delicious too!20 minutes, wow, no excuses not to make these! Great photos!

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    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — May 26, 2011 @ 12:09 pm

    Cute! Look at the litte granules on the chocolate dot! :) I like it!

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    thecompletecookbook — May 26, 2011 @ 12:41 pm

    Oh you have just sold me on making these.
    :-) Mandy

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    Jenn — May 26, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

    Georgia…those… look… AMAZING! and the sandwich… Yes, I’ll have a dozen please!! I love sweet recipes that call for salt like this. It truly does bring out the wonderful sweet flavor.

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    brandi @ BranAppetit — May 26, 2011 @ 2:19 pm

    I love sweet + salty combinations, but still haven’t tried making my own cookies with salt. These look perfectly crispy :)

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    Andrea@ From the Bookshelf — May 26, 2011 @ 3:02 pm

    I am a fool for salty and sweet. Hese look amazing! Love the little chip in the center!

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    Roxan — May 26, 2011 @ 3:08 pm

    These cookies look great Georgia! I love salty/sweet – it’s one of my favorite combos.
    I have the exact same container of fleur de sel, did you get yours from Sur la Table too?

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    Stephanie — May 26, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

    These look absolutely delicious!! I can tell the texture is just perfect, and that’s a big plus for me when it comes to cookies. I just might have to try these for our BBQ this weekend!

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    meeshiesmom — May 26, 2011 @ 4:22 pm

    These look so good! I love fleur de sel and salty and sweet. Have you ever used truffle salt? Truffle salt is so good on veggies. I can get my daughter to eat a plethora of veggies with that salt.

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    thefooddoctor — May 26, 2011 @ 4:50 pm

    Oh my! That is so tempting..
    I love cookie dough is a joy of its own in the cookie making process..
    Great post as always Georgia

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    warmvanillasugar — May 26, 2011 @ 4:56 pm

    I have never had a brown sugar cookie. How does this happen??

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    Paula @ Dishing the Divine — May 26, 2011 @ 4:57 pm

    Oh, the salt is a must! I imagine that would just make all the flavors sing! I hope anyone that makes these cookies does try the salt! :)

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    Deborah — May 26, 2011 @ 5:18 pm

    I totally eat cookie dough – I sometimes like it better than the cookies!! These look amazing, and I love the touch of salt!

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    Lindsey I Dandy Dishes — May 26, 2011 @ 6:04 pm

    That ice cream sandwich looks amazing!! It’s 90 here in Tampa and that would be the perfect cool down :)

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    Angie's Recipes — May 26, 2011 @ 6:23 pm

    I love sea salt on sweet cookies. Those look so lovely.

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    Annalise — May 26, 2011 @ 6:37 pm

    YUM! I’ve been meaning to start using the little jar of fleur de sel that’s sitting in my cupboard, and I bet it takes these cookies to a whole new level!

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    Linda — May 26, 2011 @ 8:06 pm

    I like how you placed the little chocolate chip on the cookie! And I’d definitely try the fleur de sel, great idea to bring out the flavor!

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    Dana @TheSundaySweet — May 26, 2011 @ 10:38 pm

    These would definitely be some cookies that I would make. I totally eat cookie dough too. I may in fact be a closet cookie dough eater. I’ve often thought of just making cookies to have some dough. So. Bad. :) But I can’t help it. I’ve got another giveaway! Especially for food bloggers. xo

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    Reeni — May 27, 2011 @ 12:16 am

    I, for one, love the sweet and salty aspect that the fleur de sel gives! And with the brown sugar it must have a little bit of a caramel like flavor. I find raw dough addicting – just as much as the cooked ones. These are lovely!

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    WizzyTheStick — May 27, 2011 @ 1:22 am

    Fleur de del just puts sweet treats a little over the top doesn’t it? I imagine these taste awesome.

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    Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger) — May 27, 2011 @ 2:16 am

    These look wonderful. Now all i need is some fleur de sel. :)

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    Betty @ scrambled henfruit — May 27, 2011 @ 2:49 am

    Cookies are my most favorite thing to bake. And eat. :) These look scrumptious- love the salty sweet in them!

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    sophia — May 27, 2011 @ 3:28 am

    how lovely are these!! I love the hint of caramel flavor from the brown sugar, balanced out with that savory salt.

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    yummychunklet — May 27, 2011 @ 2:09 pm

    These look so fancy yet simple! Thanks for sharing!

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    carolinaheartstrings — May 27, 2011 @ 4:53 pm

    That looks just terrific. I love your pictures.

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    Lauren's Latest — May 28, 2011 @ 3:25 am

    I totally dig the sweet and salty combo. I am bookmarking this recipe!

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    Sandra — May 28, 2011 @ 5:14 am

    Congrats on top 9!!! Those cookies look amazing..just shared on twitter, but couldn’t find you!:)) Enjoy your weekend!

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    BigFatBaker — May 28, 2011 @ 3:47 pm

    Congrats on top 9! I love the sweet and salty combo, and that these are a little different then the typical sugar cookie. This one is a keeper. Have a great weekend! :)

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    Cassie @ Bake Your Day — May 29, 2011 @ 1:22 am

    These look so wonderful! Congrats on your top 9 post too!

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — May 29, 2011 @ 9:34 am

    I have that same little jar of salt in pantry. I love fleur de sel, it’s just the perfect finish to the caramel flavors of a brown sugar cookie.

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen — May 29, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

    What a wonderful combination of sweet and salty! Is there something wrong with wanting an ice cream sandwich for breakfast?

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    Magic of Spice — May 31, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

    I have tried Fleur de sel on chocolate goodies before but never sugar cookies…
    they look amazing :)

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    Heather — July 1, 2011 @ 12:56 am

    So if I want to make these tonight and don’t have the fancy salt:) would you add sea salt or just skip it? How different is the fleur de sel?

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    Intuitive Jewellery Designs — March 1, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

    I’ve made these cookies 3 times now, and they are a hit each time! Fantastic recipe :)

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    Amy — May 22, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

    I made these and at first was worried that I missed a step in the directions because they were incredibly sticky and hard to handle, but things improved once I rolled them in sugar. I wonder if it was because I left the butter at room temperature for creaming it with the brown sugar? Anyway, they turned out just fine. Great recipe!

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    Lani — May 31, 2012 @ 8:26 pm

    I tried these cookies at the beginning of May. They were a hit. I’ve now made them once a week for myself…er…I mean my family. :-) great recipe!! (and the cookie dough is yummy, too!)

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