The Best Brown Sugar Cookies with Perfect Maple Glaze

There are a few variations of brown sugar cookies. In my recipe, I decided to spice them up just a bit and reduce the sugar and flour slightly. “The Best Brown Sugar Cookies with Perfect Maple Glaze” are not as fat and cakey, but crisp on the outside and soft on the inside.

The Best Brown Sugar Cookies with Perfect Maple Glaze

I have a few notes about the ingredients in the recipe. The Speculaas spice below is from King Arthur Flour online. It appears to only be available during the holidays. See the recipe notes.

Best Brown Sugar Cookies - Speculaas King Arthur Flour
King Arthur Flour sells this wonderful spice.

Best Brown Sugar Cookies Perfect Maple Glaze
To make the perfect cookie glaze, add meringue powder! It creates the nice hardening for the glaze that makes the cookies beautiful, but still delicious. Don’t add too much – we aren’t talking about the glaze being like candy. It’s hard on top but soft under. In this recipe is 3 tsp. I even froze them with the glaze.

Perfect Cookie Glaze Meringue Powder


Best Brown Sugar Cookies with Perfect Maple Glaze

These cookies are sweet and with our choice of spices very flavorful. Add the Perfect Maple Glaze and they are immediately a favorite!

  • Author: Theresa Powers
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Dozen 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Tea Time
  • Cuisine: American


Dry Ingredients – mix and set aside

  • 3 3/4 cups unbleached white flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp sea salt

Cream Together

  • 2 cups unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tsp Speculaas Spice (Combo of cardamom, mace or nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves.) (Substitute 2 Tsp. of cinnamon for speculaas. You can find this ingredient at King Arthur Flour online during the holidays.)
  • 2 tsp vanilla, coffee or chocolate extract

Perfect Maple Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp maple extract
  • 3 tsp meringue powder


Set oven to 375 degrees.

  1. Mix and set aside your dry ingredients. Cream butter and sugars.
    Best Brown Sugar Cookies Cream Butter and Sugar
  2. Add the large eggs and extract.
    Best Brown Sugar Cookies Add Eggs and Extract
  3. Cream again until light and fluffy.
    Best Brown Sugar Cookies Butter Sugar Eggs
  4. Add the flour mixture 1 cup at a time, beating in after each cup.
    Best Brown Sugar Cookies Add Flour
  5. I normally scoop about 2″ round. Test one cookie, and bake at 8 minutes. If it comes out right, fill a tray and bake at 10-11 minutes.  While the cookies are baking, make the maple glaze.
    Best Brown Sugar Cookies Test Cookie
  6. This glaze can be made with different extracts. How about coffee, or chocolate? Oh, that sounds yummy! If you use coffee extract, add a teaspoon of espresso powder! The meringue powder is an excellent addition to make a perfect glaze. It hardens the top just slightly and keeps the glaze soft underneath.
    Best Brown Sugar Cookies Maple Glaze
  7. You can glaze the cookies slightly warm. JOY! They are delicious. They freeze beautifully, even with glaze.
    Best Brown Sugar Cookies Maple Glaze

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2 thoughts on “The Best Brown Sugar Cookies with Perfect Maple Glaze”

  1. My kids and I are enjoying trying your recipe, but it was unclear what oven temperature to use and the size of the cookies from your instructions. We’re winging it, but the dough is already delicious! Can’t wait for the finished product.

    • Hi Julie!
      Set the oven to 375 degrees, and I normally scoop about 2″ round. I updated the post! This was done before I had a recipe plugin, so when I was converting recipes in, forgot to copy the temp! Sorry! Hope you enjoy them! One of our favorites!


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